Kim Jong Un’s government is taking a tough stance against Japan after U.N. sanctions.
In the latest of boisterous provocations from the government of North Korea, Kim Jong Un’s Foreign Ministry puts Japan on blast with a threat characterizing the resolve and ability of the repressed state to “sink” their much-hated neighbor.
Simply put, North Korea just escalated tensions in the region by directly threatening Japan with nuclear force.
In a statement from the North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the vivid threats and rhetoric flow.
“The behaviors of Japs, sworn enemy of the Korean nation, are enraging us. The wicked Japs should not be pardoned as they have not yet made a sincere apology for the never-to-be-condoned crimes against our people but acted disgustingly, dancing to the tune of the U.S. “sanctions”. A telling blow should be dealt to them who have not yet come to senses after the launch of our ICBM over the Japanese archipelago. The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us. This is the voices of the enraged Korean army and people.”
According to Bloomberg, a leading member of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, said that the comments made in the statement are “provocative” and should be taken with extreme caution.
“If North Korea stays the course that it is on, it will increasingly become isolated from the world,” Suga said in a press conference via the Bloomberg coverage. “Through implementing the new United Nations Security Council resolution and related agreements, the international community as a whole needs to maximize pressure on North Korea so that it will change its policy.”
Other provocations featured in the latest round of threats from the North include a heavy focus on the recent unanimously-implemented United Nations Security Council resolution that strengthened sanctions against the rogue state.
“Previous efforts to bring North Korea to the negotiating table have failed,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in prepared remarks before the Security Council in the midst of the vote. “Today, we are attempting to take the future of the North Korean nuclear program out of the hands of its outlaw regime.”
North Korea also announced that the sanctions would not deter them from completing their goals of becoming a nuclear power. Now, the prospect seems even more likely given the harsh blowback the North gave after the sanctions were passed and implemented.
“The adoption of heinous “sanctions resolution” hardens our faith that what we should depend on is only our self-defensive nuclear force as well as our unshakable will to go only along the road of simultaneously pushing ahead the economic construction and the building of nuclear force,” further reads the KCNA statement.