North Korea threatens retaliation

Here we go again. Maybe.

On Tuesday (probably Wednesday morning, New York time) North Korea

accused the U.S. of hostility . . .  for suspending an agreement to provide food aid following Pyongyang’s widely criticized rocket launch, and warned of retaliatory measures in response.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry also rejected the U.N. Security Council‘s condemnation of Friday’s launch of a long-range rocket as “unreasonable,” and reasserted the nation’s right to develop a civilian space program.

The United Nations, including North Korea’s closest ally, China, had condemned the North Korean missile launch, and North Korea rejected that condemnation.

Responding to the condemnation, North Korea accused the U.S. late Tuesday of leading a campaign to deny its right to develop its defense and civilian space programs.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry vowed to press ahead with its space ambitions, and warned it would no longer adhere to the February agreement with the U.S.

“We have thus become able to take necessary retaliatory measures, free from the agreement,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. “The U.S. will be held wholly accountable for all the ensuing consequences.”

“Peace is very dear for us but the dignity of the nation and the sovereignty of the country are dearer for us,” the statement said, without specifying what countermeasures North Korea might take. (Emphasis added)

North Korea frequently speaks loudly but carries small or non existent stick. She may or not do something retaliatory. An underground nuclear test remains probable, perhaps as a form of retaliation. It seems likely that North Korea will conduct or fake such a test and then appear, armed with her frequently used begging bowl to seek “humanitarian” assistance and an end to hostility against it.

About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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2 Responses to North Korea threatens retaliation

  1. Actually I agree with them. They have a right to do any damn thing they please. And we have have a right to not deal with them in any way, and if they threaten us, well we have a right to defend ourselves, proactively even.

    See, problem solved. How come Washington can’t figure this out?

  2. Pingback: North Korea Says It Will Abandon Deal With U.S. « Promote Liberty

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