The reason: The United Nations Security Council today unanimously passed Resolution 2094 by a vote of 15-0. The resolution calls for strict new sanctions to punish North Korea for its most recent nuclear test, which was conducted on February 12. This is the fourth time the U.N. has slapped NK with sanctions as punishment for its pursuit of nuclear weapons. The U.N. vote has the lunatics in NK's capitol city, Pyongyang, in fits of rage.
"The vote by the U.N.'s most powerful body on a resolution drafted by North Korea's closest ally, China, and the United States sends a powerful message that the international community condemns the ballistic missile and nuclear tests — and repeated violation of Security Council resolutions," reports Marine Corps Times.
Just prior to the U.N. vote, a spokesman for Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry who remained anonymous said North Korea would launch "a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors," says MC Times. The spokesman seemed to justify the threat by accusing the U.S. of trying to start a nuclear war with North Korea.
|North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (file photo).|
Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service/AP
The state-run Korean Central News Agency, notes CNN, published a government statement that says the country "will exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and to defend the supreme interests of the country."
Could North Korea successfully attack the U.S. with nuclear missiles? Experts think not. Althouth North Korea has deomonstrated that it can produce nuclear bombs, it does not yet seem to have the ability to make a warhead small enough to put on a missile that could actually reach the U.S.
- Why North Korea is turning up the heat again CSMonitor.com
- U.S. says U.N. sanctions 'will bite' after North Korea threatens nuclear attack CNN
- FACT SHEET: UN Security Council Resolution 2094 on North Korea US Dept. of State
- North Korea country profile - Overview BBC News
- China and US 'agree North Korea nuclear test measures' BBC News