North Korea warns US over aid move

2012-04-17 22:27

Pyongyang - North Korea accused the US of hostility on Tuesday for suspending an agreement to provide food aid following Pyongyang's widely criticised rocket launch, and warned of retaliatory measures in response.

North Korea's foreign ministry also rejected the UN 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 programme.

North Korea fired a three-stage rocket on Friday over the Yellow Sea in defiance of international warnings against what the US and other nations said would be seen as a violation of bans against nuclear and missile activity.

North Korean officials called the launch a peaceful bid to send an observation satellite into space, timed to commemorate the 100th anniversary Sunday of the birth of late North Korea founder Kim Il Sung. The launch was a failure, with the rocket splintering into pieces less than two minutes after take-off.

Condemnation was swift, with the US and others calling it a covert test of rocket technology that could be used to fire a long-range missile fitted with a nuclear warhead.

Washington immediately halted a plan brokered in February to provide North Korea with much-needed food aid in exchange for a suspension of its nuclear and missile programmes.

On Monday, the UN Security Council, including North Korea ally China, condemned the rocket launch as a violation of resolutions prohibiting North Korea from ballistic missile and nuclear activity, and directed its sanctions committee to strengthen penalties against the country.

Fault of US

Responding to the condemnation, North Korea accused the US late on Tuesday of leading a campaign to deny its right to develop its defence and civilian space programmes.

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 US.

"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 US 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.

North Korea also faced UN Security Council condemnation after launching a long-range rocket in 2009, and walked away from six-nation nuclear disarmament negotiations in protest.

Weeks later, North Korea conducted a nuclear test, its second, and revealed it had a uranium enrichment programme that could give scientists a second source for building atomic weapons.

  • Mark - 2012-04-18 01:04

    This useless marxist regime runs this benighted country as their own to plunder. This slimy bunch cannot even feed the People - the USA must do it!?

      Warwick - 2012-04-18 05:46

      Absolute useless scum, and to think this so called leader went to school in Switzerland. Even his own countries schooloing is not good enough for him. Typical backward nations. They love to condemn the west but stick out the BEGGING bowl because they are to stupid to feed themselves.

      Bibi - 2012-04-18 07:42

      It would be interesting to see what portion of the budget goes to the military and the ruling family and what portion goes to agriculture, social upliftment (none?) and education.

      Gert - 2012-04-18 08:42

      Bibi--maybe SA must give them our toll gates---they can make millions with that and then buy all the food they want.

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-04-18 13:12

      Sounds much like SA?

  • spartanx93 - 2012-04-18 07:57

    Let these rats starve then. They have same thought process as the ANC. Blame the rest of the world for your troubles.....

  • Shaun.groenewald - 2012-04-18 08:17

    Don't want to give us your food? Fine we will fight you for it. Best thought process

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-04-18 08:37

    As much as I dislike Americans, you have to give them credit, they set aside millions each year for food aid in the ungrateful world. They don't need to do it, but they do.

  • Deon - 2012-04-18 09:03

    They don't feed theire people but have money for playing star wars?

  • NrGx - 2012-04-18 09:31

    man they sound a lot like Africa - "give us food" but add "or else"

      Morama - 2012-04-18 14:51

      man they sound a lot like Africa - "give us food" but add "or else" ...WE WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO MINE OUR WEALTH BENATH OUR COUNTRY. HOW IS THAT?

  • PatrickLlewellynThomas - 2012-04-18 09:56

    I don't agree with the use of Nuclear weapons, but why can UK, USA and Europe have Nuclear weapons but no one else can. USA always sticks its nose into everyone's business and screw their own people over! USA go back and sort out your own countries crap (Credit) then when you got it all together then start telling everyone else what to do.

      Lordwick - 2012-04-18 10:43

      USA is the motive behind all oil rich countries instability...I don't buy any crap from their side.There's always a motive for USA to help any country!!!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-04-18 11:37

      @Patrick - do a little reading on the subject of nuclear effect on military strategy but more to the point in that those countries in efforts to prevent prolifiration have umbrella agreements with other states , they also have reduced the amount of stockpiles they have but are required to have them . Its fundamentally a bad idea to have rogue/isolated states or countries that are perticularly unstable(coups ect), that can be overthrown easily having pocession of nuclear bombs(essentially the ability to wipe life off the face of the earth). Other dangers such as nuclear materials getting into the 'wrong hands' is also vitally important.DPRK is also still technically at war with the South and US so for them its important to stop it.China , India, Russia and Pakistan also have atomic weapons . US Economic condition is fine, they are still the largest economy and backbone of the world(what keeps your Sh&t cheap). @Lordwick - They are the third largest producer of oil behind Saudi's and Russia , oil motive for US action is a red herring and completely illogical considering inteference in the industry would stifle business and negatively effect everyone.

      DSBennie - 2012-04-18 13:09

      North Korea and Iran have signed the non-proliferation treaty that makes it illegal under international law for them to acquire the weapons, countries that currently have weapons are either not signatories to the treaty, ie India, Pakistan, Israel or had the weapons before signing and thus can keep them, ie Russia, China, France, UK, USA

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-18 13:14

    This is what happens to people that sit on their brains. Fancy warning the U.S. for not feeding your citizens while you build rockets and mausoleums.It's pathetic.

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