A North Korean soldier stands guard by the bank of the Yalu River near the town of Sinuiju, October 17, 2006. North Korea denounced U.N. sanctions on Tuesday as a declaration of war, while across the border in Seoul an official said there were signs the reclusive Communist state may be preparing for a second nuclear test.
North Korea on Tuesday blasted U.N. sanctions aimed at punishing the country for its nuclear test, saying the measures amount to a declaration of war and that the nation wouldn’t cave in to such pressure now that it’s a nuclear weapons power.
The bellicose remarks â€” the central government’s first response to the U.N. measures imposed last weekend â€” came as China warned the North against stoking tensions and the American nuclear envoy arrived in South Korea for talks.
The North broke two days of silence about the U.N. resolution adopted after its Oct. 9 nuclear test, issuing a Foreign Ministry statement on its official Korean Central News Agency.
“The resolution cannot be construed otherwise than a declaration of a war” against the North, also known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The North warned it “wants peace but is not afraid of war” and that it would “deal merciless blows” against anyone who violates its sovereignty.
The communist nation “had remained unfazed in any storm and stress in the past when it had no nuclear weapons,” the statement said. “It is quite nonsensical to expect the DPRK to yield to the pressure and threat of someone at this time when it has become a nuclear weapons state.”
If North Korea and Kim Jong-Il wishes WAR then there will be little the United States, South Korea or the United Nations can do. American soldiers and alot of innocent South and North Koreans will die.
But, make no mistake the United States would defeat North Korea’s military within 60 days of the launch of the campaign. A declaration of war by North Korea against the United States would unleash massive fire power from the United States military arsenal.
And North Korea is preparing a second or a second series of nuclear tests.
The Natural Resources Defense Council on October 13, 2006, released this satellite image of North Korea’s suspected nuclear bomb test site taken by GeoEye’s Orbview-3 satellite two days before the October 9, 2006 test.
This is unbelievable but understandable since their first test was more fizzle than POP.
U.S. spy satellites have detected suspicious vehicle and people activity near the site of
North Korea’s nuclear test that may signal preparations for another test, U.S. television networks reported on Monday.
U.S. officials said they could not be certain of what the North Koreans were doing in the area, but the activity there could be preparations for a second nuclear blast, NBC and ABC said.
In Seoul, a South Korean government official told Reuters on Tuesday: “The government is aware of signs related to North Korea’s possible second nuclear test. We cannot exclude the possibility of a second test.”
But he added there was no firm information on a possible new test.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on the eve of a trip to the region to try to stiffen the resolve behind U.N. sanctions on North Korea, said she hoped Pyongyang would not conduct a second nuclear test.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (C) inspects the Korean People’s Army unit 851 at an unidentified location in North Korea in this undated file photo released August 30, 2006. North Korea said on October 9, 2006 it had safely and successfully carried out an underground nuclear test, flying in the face of a warning from the U.N. Security Council.