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N Korea issues warning over nukes

2013-03-31 22:37

Seoul - A top North Korean decision-making body issued a pointed warning on Sunday, saying that nuclear weapons were "the nation's life" and would not be traded even for "billions of dollars."

The comments came in a statement released after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over the plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party.

The meeting, which set a "new strategic line" calling for building both a stronger economy and nuclear arsenal, comes amid a series of near-daily threats from Pyongyang in recent weeks, including a vow to launch nuclear strikes on the United States and a warning on Saturday that the Korean Peninsula was in a "state of war."

Pyongyang is angry over annual US-South Korean military drills and a new round of UN sanctions that followed its 12 February nuclear test, the country's third.

Analysts see a full-scale North Korean attack as unlikely and say the threats are more likely efforts to provoke softer policies toward Pyongyang from a new government in Seoul, to win diplomatic talks with Washington that could get the North more aid, and to solidify the young North Korean leader's image and military credentials at home.

North Korea made reference to those outside views in the statement it released through the official Korean Central News Agency following the plenary meeting.

North Korea's nuclear weapons are a "treasure" not to be traded for "billions of dollars," the statement said.

They "are neither a political bargaining chip nor a thing for economic dealings to be presented to the place of dialogue or be put on the table of negotiations aimed at forcing (Pyongyang) to disarm itself," it said.

North Korea's "nuclear armed forces represent the nation's life, which can never be abandoned as long as the imperialists and nuclear threats exist on earth," the statement said.

North Korea has called the US nuclear arsenal a threat to its existence since the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula still technically at war. Pyongyang justifies its own nuclear pursuit in large part on that perceived US threat.


Comments
  • WildCatSal - 2013-03-31 22:54

    Are these idiots trying to get attention..? The citizens of the forsaken country live in squalor, poverty and are starving to death! What gives?

      Desilusionada - 2013-03-31 23:39

      This idiotic, snotnosed little jumped up copy of a primate, (shaved in strategic places), is ranting about America being a threat. For 60 years they have been a so-called threat, and still have not attacked them. Why would they now do so? Now suddenly he needs to make a noise for internal political reasons and the US must shake in their boots? This while his people must endure all kinds of hardship so that he can satisfy his megalomania.....

      Art Brigg - 2013-04-01 00:43

      http://www.ted.com/talks/hyeonseo_lee_my_escape_from_north_korea.html Says it all!

  • jungleboy - 2013-03-31 23:00

    I am really disappointed that one missile is not pointed at Nkandla. Haiwai seem like such s waste.

      Nyika M Ndlovu - 2013-04-01 06:14

      I think it will be of more use if it is directed to Helen Zilles especially when Mazibuko is there for coffee

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-04-01 07:44

      Jungleboy? Not, more like stupidboy

  • Ralph Long - 2013-03-31 23:05

    What makes my absolutely sick is that this idiot can get away with his human rights abuses and threats and NOTHING is effectively done to him. China say they aren't supporting him but that is far from the truth, what they say and what they do is two different things, in fact tourism and trade between the two is on the increase. When SA was in the apartheid era we were kicked out of ever international sport including the Olympics but not them, they can do what they like and the world just caves in to them every time. There is NO WAY China will ever stop supporting them, because there is no way they want a US allied country sharing their border, it is better to prop up a communist regime with all its problems than to allow the US to be their neighbours as it were. The world and I don't mean the US, must take decisive action against this lunatic. Analysts say he won't attack, seem to remember they made the same sort of predictions when Hitler was around. You cannot trust or negotiate with a lunatic, they are unpredictable at best. Another thing you must consider is the fact that here on the Korean Peninsula 'saving face' is one of the most important motivating factors for people's actions. DON'T ever underestimate this. He needs to consolidate his position as a young leader, so what better way then to take a couple of shots as SK and the US. This man is evil, his regime is evil and need to taken out NOW.

      Art Brigg - 2013-04-01 00:53

      Being in Asia you probably have a better idea than most as to what's going on there as far as politics go - what is the general consensus on the ground of locals there? Are they mostly apathetic or are there definite opinions or divides? Is it a bit of a parallel between Zimbabwe? It would seem so (except Mugabe is restricted to stuffing his own country up whereas NK is a real threat to at least those countries around it) because the international community also seems to "humour" this moron dictator, which seems similar to NK. Mind you I think Mugabe would have nuked his own country if he had any nukes, but NK do have really intelligent people - just with a Nazi regime.

      Saffa in East Asia - 2013-04-01 02:18

      The locals have always been apathetic about this, but there are a few different things this time. The NK refugees I spoke to think he is way worse than his dad or grandfather and also if he fails, he will be removed as there are many of the older people waiting in line for his position. If you know anything about East Asian culture you know that power comes from the top and with age and that factor cannot be ignored. He is hanging on by a slender thread and if I were him, I would watch my back, many vultures around.

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-04-01 07:47

      Dangerous. Not very easy to achieve unless nuclear weapons are used. A ground war cannot be won. It's been tried with no success. If nuclear weapons are used, then I'll let your imagination take you there. Believe me, you don't want it

      Derek Less - 2013-04-01 08:33

      India shares a long border with china and is a US ally....

  • Hyde Garrett - 2013-03-31 23:33

    Why let a baby faced dictator who is FITH dictate to the rest of the world. If ever there was a reason for intervening this is it. The USA and UK wasted their time in Iraq with doubtful intelligence. Go in and take out the immature child!

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-04-01 07:51

      Not easy Hyde. It's been tried with questionable failure. Certainly NO success. Over a million soldiers, the USA can only succeed by using nuclear weapons. Then it will be an open house. Beware their allies who also have a nuclear arsenal . This is a " take out " you don't want to see.

  • Stephen Darksoul Roetz - 2013-03-31 23:39

    Just bomb the area he is in and get it over with.... im sure the innocent people of NK will be glad

      Nats Brown - 2013-04-01 07:40

      You mean the innocent people of NK will be dead.

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-04-01 07:52

      Stephen must be a military strategist, a general, commander or a FOOL. Which is it Stephen ?

      Stephen Darksoul Roetz - 2013-04-01 08:26

      well the bomb you use will not be that large so you will most likely only kill the people who follow him. precise small attack that will not harm the community,, and you can address me as General Maximus if you want :P @Salvado

  • Nyika M Ndlovu - 2013-04-01 05:44

    What a bunch of fools, they didn't learn anything from Nagasaki . They bomb the us with nukes, the world bombs them and at the end the country becomes a desert. Who is going to win, nobody!!! So take your nukes and go hang

      Saffa in East Asia - 2013-04-01 07:41

      This is North Korea not Japan.

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-04-01 07:55

      Japan was on its knees when bombed as a USA test of the bombs effects on real humans. Now declassified . NK has its tail up, a million soldiers, a good military arsenal and nuclear weapons. Go figure.

      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-04-01 08:05

      Arthur stop reading conspiracy theories man...

      Nyika M Ndlovu - 2013-04-01 15:32

      Saffa , hiroshima and nagasaki are given just as examples of what the nuclear war can do , never said nagasaki was in Korea , eish

  • Leon Schwenk - 2013-04-01 06:15

    remember the twin towers? usa had intel regarding an attack and chose to ignore it, dont do it again

  • Kwinika Masango Bush - 2013-04-01 06:26

    he ( Jong Un) must must be in wet nappies ......! some1 has to change him.....! his people have no food , water, education, no freedom, etc.......its all about him and the army generals . he is worse than his father.

      Ritz40 - 2013-04-01 07:14

      Who? Mugabe?

      pjthesecond.eldest - 2013-04-01 07:57

      @ Kwinika "his people have no food , water, education" how is this different to South Africa?

  • Nats Brown - 2013-04-01 07:12

    Unfortunately, the perceived US threat to the likes of Iran and NK was crystallized during the Bush administration and it's going to be very hard to change that. Team US World Police is not the answer and I'm sorry to see advocates of that view on this forum. It is his own people who should do something about him if they don't support his views, with China's support. As the Chinese seem happy to sit on both sides of the fence.

  • Ad Madock - 2013-04-01 07:33

    This little idiot reminds me of Malema always wanted to destabilise SA cause he knew he had the backing of the ANC. N Korea is now like this lil chihuahua always provoking the pit bull(USA) while the staffordshire terrier (China) make as if they are condemning N Koreas action. We all know where China and Soviet Unions loyalty lies and its not with the US. So this little runt must stop playing games cos he knows nothing of warfare.

      stuart.steedman - 2013-04-01 09:34

      I wouldn't call China a staffie, mate. Their standing army, nuclear arsenal and navy make it a serious contender for any army on the planet.

  • pjthesecond.eldest - 2013-04-01 08:00

    I read many comments about what the USA will do to North Korea. Can somebody please give me a list of all the wars the USA won, on their own, since the Second World War? (not NATO wars which included the USA).

      Nyika M Ndlovu - 2013-04-01 08:10

      Osama bin Laden, saddam Hussein,

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-04-01 08:11

      Can't think of one war won. Second WW was not only won by the USA. It was an allied forces war. Iraq, well they kicked Saddam out of Kuwait and then the real war was never won. It got hot in the kitchen, hung Saddam, took some cash and oil and then left it in a mess. We know about the rest and certainly got ass kicked in NK. They can win a war with nukes but then it's a mess all over including the USA. We don't want that

      stuart.steedman - 2013-04-01 09:36

      Ziyaad - the US provided some measure of proof (which you clearly don't accept) - so perhaps you should then counter by providing proof that they didn't (besides rumour and conjecture).

  • Shawon Tiltman - 2013-04-01 08:04

    USA has had nukes for ages and has not used them since Japan...and the country is prosperous and 1st world n.k is like a chicken hock going nowhere and begging for aid.s.Korea is a paradise in comparison.

  • stuart.steedman - 2013-04-01 10:01

    Guys, guys - this is all an April Fool's joke. North Korea doesn't even exist...

  • Derek Less - 2013-04-01 11:29

    @ Ziyaad, headscarves, that's the worst thing u can think of? I can think of worse living conditions in Libya, Egypt, Iraq Pakistan (where young girls get shot in the head for speaking up) Syria, etc etc. re Saudi and Dubai, they are there for the money, these are capitalist countries, but in Saudi they do join all the Arabs crossing the border into Bahrain every weekend for the freedoms that a more western lifestyle offers. A farce really....

      Derek Less - 2013-04-01 11:59

      Wow, this sounds like aBond movie conspiracy , control of banking., thought the Arabs owned most of the banks in London now? Regarding Syria , no russia and china vetoed the west so they can't supply arms to the rebels so Assad can continue killing his own people. Why are you not so vehemently protesting that as u do for the Iraqis and afghans killed by the west? Everywhere you go in UK now you have to donate money for the Syrian refugees in Lebanon camps. The Libyans and Syrians asked for help. I think you the one spreading lies. And I agree the invasion of Iraq was wrong and the US support of Israel is wrong, and the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians wrong, but your one sided blind hatred of the west is wrong and dangerous too

      Derek Less - 2013-04-01 12:01

      My views are from having travelled and worked in the Middle East and Europe, from day to day living not from news

      Derek Less - 2013-04-01 12:57

      No u dont have to stand on the twin towers, your guys took that out. All I ask is that you rant and rave about it on here like you ranting and raving about the US. But why u on here, this is Jewish owned mass media? The same news that I find on AL Jazeera website - that also Jewish owned? Ok this is getting boring now, you go and sort out the world's problems, why dont you?

      Derek Less - 2013-04-01 18:46

      Typical, resort to violence and threats when you cant have your way....

  • Michael Konings - 2013-04-01 13:17

    Lot of rabble rousing of North Korea.

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