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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

North Korea conducted the largest nuclear test

The government of North Korea celebrated the 68th anniversary of the people’s Republic of nuclear test. This is the most powerful explosion in the history of the nuclear program of the DPRK. Pyongyang threatened to take “decisive countermeasures in response to US pressure”. Ignoring the regime of Kim Jong-UN recommendations on the nuclear program concerns not only Washington, but Moscow and Beijing.

DPRK authorities have confirmed that they had conducted a nuclear test. The corresponding message was distributed by the official North Korean news Agency KCNA.

“A daring challenge to the international community in General and, in particular, the United States, China, Japan and Russia”

“The DPRK will continue to take measures to strengthen national nuclear forces in quantitative and qualitative terms, to ensure the dignity and right to existence of the country in terms of increasing nuclear threats from the United States,” – said the leadership of the DPRK in the message, which is quoted by TASS.

A gift for the anniversary

In the official communiques of the North Korean leadership stated: the test “demonstrated the will of the workers’ party of Korea and the Korean people to take drastic countermeasures in response to pressure, sanctions and threats against the people’s Republic from the hostile forces led by the United States.” The authorities of the Republic noted that due to the standardization of warheads the DPRK has reached a higher level of technology being installed on ballistic missiles”.

The Central Committee of the workers ‘ party of Korea, congratulated scientists and technologists who carried out the test. As noted by the Institute for nuclear weapons, the explosion will not adversely impact on the environment”.

September 9, the DPRK is a double celebration: in addition to the successful nuclear test, North Korean people are celebrating the 68th anniversary of the founding of the people’s Republic. The population of laying flowers at the statues and mosaics dedicated to Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong Il.

We will remind, in the night of Friday in the DPRK in the area of the polygon for nuclear tests, recorded the earthquake. About the seismic event was reported by Russia, China, South Korea, Japan and the United States.

“A daring challenge and a direct threat to the world”

The seismic station of the Sakhalin did not rule out manmade earthquake in North Korea. A South Korean defense Ministry noted that North Korea carried out the most powerful in the history of the North Korean nuclear test explosion. The Ministry added that the power of the explosion is estimated at 10 kilotons. “For comparison, the bomb that was tested in January of this year amounted to 6 kilotons”, – the document says. These “provocative actions will only bring upon him (Pyongyang) tighter international sanctions and isolation will deepen,” said South Korean President Park Geun-Hye.

The Republic of Korea, in close cooperation with the international community will “toughen sanctions” and “using all means” to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions, promised Park Geun-Hye.

The special representative of South Korea on issues of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula Kim Hong-Gyun called the incident a threat to world security. He stressed that since the previous test it took only 9 months. He described Pyongyang’s actions as “a daring challenge to the international community in General and, in particular, the United States, China, Japan and Russia, which are parties to the six-party talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

“These steps plunge the Korean Peninsula and northeast Asia into a greater crisis and pose a direct threat to peace,” said Kim Hong-Kyung. “We will take urgent and intensive countermeasures in connection with this latest move by Pyongyang and make him pay a high price for it” – summed up the diplomat. South Korean foreign Ministry added that currently on a visit to Laos, Minister of foreign Affairs Yun Byung-Se with President Park Geun-Hye will hold consultations with its closest allies, including the heads of foreign ministries of USA and Japan, John Kerry and Fumio Kishida. Japan through diplomatic channels in Beijing also conveyed North Korea’s protest.
An emergency meeting of the UN security Council on North Korea is already scheduled for September 9 and will begin at 21.00 (14.00 Moscow time)”, said sources in South Korean diplomatic circles. “Joint request for a meeting of the security Council of the UN has sent South Korea, USA and Japan”, – said the interlocutor.

Didn’t work with the most severe sanctions

We will remind, in January, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test. Before the nuclear tests were conducted in 2013, 2009 and 2006. In response, the UN security Council adopted against the DPRK, the most severe of the sanctions that were imposed over the last decades.

Document 2207 included the ban on imports from the DPRK of coal, iron ore, titanium, vanadium, gold and other valuable metals, as well as an embargo on the supply to all types of aviation fuel. Also, the resolution obliges countries to check the cargo in North Korea, on the subject of prohibited goods and technology. Was strengthened and an embargo on the import of luxury goods to the DPRK, such as boats, snowmobiles and watch.

In addition, the decision to tighten the arms embargo and to expand financial sanctions on the banking sector.

“The resolution imposes serious new sanctions aimed at stopping Pyongyang’s efforts to develop programs of weapons of mass destruction, said after the adoption of the document the US President Barack Obama. – I welcome the resolution as a firm, United and appropriate response of the international community on the recent provocations of the DPRK, which openly violated numerous resolutions of the Security Council. Today, the international community unanimously sent a clear requirement Pyongyang: North Korea must abandon these dangerous programs and to choose the best path for his people” – he stressed.

For the first time UN sanctions were imposed against North Korea almost a decade ago in response to the establishment of the Pyongyang nuclear bomb. By the way, the DPRK denied that it has nuclear weapons – indeed, the right to possession is spelled out in its Constitution.

Russia and China are neighbours and partners of the DPRK. China pretended that he agreed with tougher sanctions. Against the resolution did not speak and Moscow, but immediately stated that it intends to amend the resolution, and most importantly, sanctions should not lead to a humanitarian or an economic collapse in the country. As said the permanent representative of Russia to the UN Vitaly Churkin, “we consider it unnecessary complete international isolation of the DPRK.”

The pretext for Washington to step up pressure on China and Russia

Earlier the newspaper VIEW noted that Moscow and Beijing don’t like the fact that Pyongyang does not consider their recommendations in regard to the nuclear programme and thereby give Washington a pretext to put pressure on Chinese and Russian interests.

For example, through the creation of a us missile defense system in South Korea, that is the US telling Russia and China that if they can’t stop the nuclear ambitions of Pyongyang, the Americans will have to deploy new systems to protect our allies – South Korea and Japan. And so given the growing tensions in the Pacific region, nor Russia, nor China do not want to join in more confrontation with the U.S. and on the Korean question. But to put pressure on Pyongyang nor Moscow, nor Beijing can not – unlike Seoul, there sat a completely self-sufficient rulers.

The economy of the DPRK is very little dependent on the outside world – so the pressure on it, roughly speaking, nothing. 10 years of international sanctions, has shown its futility, and the nuclear programme develops, and its satellite in space, the Koreans launched. The tightening of UN sanctions only strengthen Pyongyang’s resolve to rely only on own forces, that is even more isolated from the world community. So that the desired scenario of Washington – deterioration and so difficult of life and the destabilization of the situation to overthrow Kim and the further absorption of the DPRK by South Korea – not only that, unrealistic, and potentially dangerous for China and for Russia, which in this case will have American military bases on the border with the littoral.


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