News / Asia

N. Korea Hints at Nuclear Test Following UN Resolution

People watch TV showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Jan. 23, 2013.
People watch TV showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Jan. 23, 2013.
North Korea has reacted swiftly to additional sanctions imposed on it by the United Nations Security Council.  Pyongyang is remaining defiant and hinting of a third nuclear test.

North Korea's foreign ministry says the U.N. Security Council was acting as a marionette (puppet) of the United States Tuesday when it adopted this new resolution in the wake of last month's rocket launch. The ministry calls the U.N. action “self deception and the height of double standards.”

The statement was read by an announcer on a North Korean radio newscast. He emphasized that the country will continue to launch satellites in order to “become a world-level space power."

The announcer said North Korea rejects any further dialogue about de-nuclearization and will take actions to bolster its military's self defense capabilities, including nuclear deterrence.

That is interpreted as a signal that the impoverished and isolated country intends to conduct a third nuclear test.

Neighbors react

South Korea's Unification Ministry spokeswoman Park Soo-jin says her government regrets the North's response.

She says Pyongyang must stop threatening international society with additional provocations, and clearly demonstrate efforts for de-nuclearization through specific actions.

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida issued a statement saying Tokyo will continue to closely coordinate with the international community about North Korea. He also called for Pyongyang to refrain from provocative acts “including further launches and nuclear tests.”

South Korea's semi-official Yonhap news agency, quoting one of the country's senior diplomats, says Seoul and Washington are considering their own additional sanctions on Pyongyang.

That is to be discussed in talks Thursday between South Korean officials and U.S. special envoy Glyn Davies.

Sanctions

The Security Council unanimously voted to expand and strengthen sanctions against North Korea. That vote followed a behind-the-scenes deal between the United States and China over wording of the draft.

In addition to condemning North Korea's December 12 rocket launch, the resolution imposes sanctions on the country's space agency and a domestic bank used to facilitate weapons-related transactions.

Three individuals also have been added to the sanctions list: an official of the Tanchon commercial bank, a senior space agency official and the general manager of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station.

Space launch

North Korea claims the launch propelled into space an earth observation satellite. International scientists say the three-stage launch did place an object into orbit, but that the satellite has not transmitted any data.

Much of the international community condemned the launch, saying it clearly violated previous U.N. resolutions prohibiting North Korea from utilizing ballistic missile technology.

South Korea's defense ministry says analysis of first-stage rocket parts recovered in the Yellow Sea show the North now has the capability to build an ICBM with a 10,000-kilometer range.

Most analysts say they believe North Korea has yet to perfect the technology to place a miniaturized nuclear warhead atop such a missile, but that its space and nuclear programs appear to have that goal in mind.

Steve Herman

A veteran journalist, Steven L Herman is the Voice of America Asia correspondent.

You May Like

Video Miami Cubans Divided on New US Policy

While older, more conservative Cuban Americans have promoted anti-Castro political movement for years, younger generations say economically, it is time for change More

2014 Sees Dramatic Uptick in Boko Haram Abductions

Militants suspected in latest mass kidnapping of over 100 people in Gumsuri, Nigeria on Sunday More

Video Cuba Deal Is Major Victory for Pope

Role of Francis hailed throughout US, Latin America - though some Cuban-American Catholics have mixed feelings More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Jacob Maloney
January 23, 2013 7:55 PM
Not sure why we haven't solved this problem yet. If China wants, we could stop purchasing their goods. That'd work.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid