February 23, 2013
“Final Destruction” Of South Korea
The title of this post comes from the words of a North Korean diplomat to the United Nations during a forum. In terms of recent international trick dickery, this one takes the cake.
Here is the full quote from North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong: “As the saying goes, a new-born puppy knows no fear of a tiger. South Korea’s erratic behavior would only herald its final destruction.”
The North Korean government is causing a lot of commotion in uncertain waters. They are not just picking on South Korea and the United States now; they are picking on the nerves of the international community at large.
North Korea is really turning up the heat on South Korea, and the rest of the world, politically and there are only two possible outcomes. One is that North Korea caves on the demands set forth by the United Nations; or two, North Korea goes to war with South Korea, the United States, and her extremely capable allies.
With such bold comments, as well as the recent actions by North Korea of testing nuclear weapons, they are coming closer to reigniting the spark which would lead to full blown war. The comment by the North Korean diplomat was quickly criticized and deemed very inappropriate.
The Ambassador for the United States even tweeted that what the North Koreans said was “offensive”. I would say that is the nicest thing that could be said given the fact that the North Korean government has put the world community in an awkward situation.
I even said in my last article that North Korea is continually biting the hand that feeds it. The North Koreans want more aid, but they don’t want to give up their nuclear program. Their nuclear program is their big bargaining chip and they are not ready to let it go when they think that they can get a lot of food and other forms of aid in exchange for their nuclear program.
This kind of talk is also against international law. According to the Spanish Ambassador Javier Gil Catalina, “In the 30 years of my career I’ve never heard anything like it and it seems to me that we are not speaking about something that is even admissible, we are speaking about a threat of the use of force that is prohibited by Article 2.4 of the United Nations charter.”
In all honesty, I don’t normally follow the U.N. very much, and I thought these kinds of threats would be common place. I was very much mistaken, and this is type of language at the U.N. is considered extremely offensive.
Not only is it in bad taste on the North Koreans part, but it only escalates a highly volatile situation. North Korea is trying to bully the rest of the world into giving them aid, but the only two allies it has, China and Russia, have been very silent with their opinions.
With these words and their recent actions, North Korea is becoming more of an actual threat to South Korea and its allies.
At this point in time, I am not worried about my safety, but I am getting a little more on edge about what is going to happen in the very near future.
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