North Korea Responds to Sanctions with Threat To ‘Weaponize Plutonium’

June 13, 2009

(ChattahBox) — As expected North Korea has thrown another temper tantrum after the UN security council imposed new sanctions to punish Pyongyang for last month’s underground nuclear test.

The 15-0 vote on U.N. Resolution 1874 imposes an embargo on the shipment of arms from and into the communist regime and financial sanctions including freezing Pyongyang’s overseas bank accounts. It authorizes U.N. member countries to inspect North Korean sea, air and land cargo, requiring them to seize and destroy any goods transported in violation of the sanctions. Both Russia and China resisted calls to make the searches mandatory.

North Korea quite accurately (except for perhaps the vile part) described the sanctions as “yet another vile product of the US-led offensive of international pressure aimed at undermining … disarming DPRK and suffocating its economy”.

A spokesman for the country’s foreign ministry today released a statement on its official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) acknowledging for the first time that North Korea is developing a uranium enrichment program and said it would be “impossible” to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

In the defiant statement, the spokesman said that “the whole amount of the newly extracted plutonium [in the country] will be weaponized” and that “more than one-third of the spent fuel rods has been reprocessed to date”.

I see this more of a confirmation of carrying on, with the intentions everyone suspected them of, then any new revelation or threat.  Still the news is sobering.
South Korea said that Pyongyang has around 40 kilograms of plutonium, which is enough to generate at least six atomic bombs. Pyongyang has indicated that it will continue with the plan to test fire its most sophisticated long-range ballistic missile, likely between mid-June and July 4.

The greater immediate risk could be that the renigade regime may provoke war if it’s ships are stopped as promised by the UN resolution. “An attempted blockade of any kind by the US and its followers will be regarded as an act of war and met with a decisive military response,” the countries foreign ministry has threatened.

The sanctions will also obviously complicate attempts to free two American TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee sentenced on Monday to 12 years’ hard labor.


2 Responses to “North Korea Responds to Sanctions with Threat To ‘Weaponize Plutonium’”

  1. james king on June 13th, 2009 10:56 am

    i think un must be changed to be more independent from us and security council( monopolist). by this un sanctions, japan will be pushed on the verge of most dangerous nuclear war. japanese country can be erased completely from the world map by bombing onto 53 nuclear power plant. north korean regime will start attack on japan and usa by EMP, and then they will trigger the ICMB of H-bomb on NY & WASHINGTON, and the multi warhead will invade on 100 nuclear power station of usa.

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