North Korea

The weekend saw much humdrum over United Nation’s (UN) unanimous sanctions for North Korea’s banned nuclear weapons programme. While the UN sanctions look at making North Korea strike a negotiation over its nuclear weapons, the latter has made it clear that they are in no mood to compromise atleast unless “the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the US against North Korea (DPRK) are fundamentally eliminated”, said a statement by the Vice Marshal who had also served as the Chief of the General Staff, Ri-Yong Ho while he was addressing a regional meeting of the Association of the South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The UN-approved sanctions have banned the export of several minerals, mineral ores and seafood for the Korean state worth more than a billion dollars, in a way making them pay for launching nuclear weapons in their Intercontinental Ballistic Missile tests on US in July. The sanctions have also asked other countries not to hire any North Korean labourer going forward.

Pyongyang, the largest capital city of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in return has alleged in a statement that the sanctions were nothing but a “violent intrusion of its sovereignty” and they are suspecting this to be a “heinous U.S. plot to isolate and stifle” the country.

The North has also warned U.S. saying it will take “righteous action” against this measure even as US and South Korean leaders, viz. Donald Trump and Moon Jae-in strongly believe that “North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to most of the world”. Trump even went ahead and tweeted about his contentment with the UN sanctions:

The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson further said that US will be prepared for a talk only when North Korea shows its readiness to have a discussion by stopping its missile launches.

The sanctions have been reportedly drafted by the US against which North Korea has threatened to make US “pay the price for its crime.” The North has been predominantly a party to test-launching ballistic missiles actively since last year despite several warnings. This is the reason why foreign ministers have now opened the avenues for engagement and interaction with North Korea over their nuclear programme, provided the latter considers a negotiation.

US, South Korea and Japan are, meanwhile, at ease and happy with the UN sanctions while China has reiterated the importance of a dialogue instead of the US showing “moral arrogance.”

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