North Korea has made some outlandish statements about USA and Japan. It said that USA should be reduced to “ashes and darkness” for being the torchbearer of the UN sanctions imposed on it.
The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, claimed that North Korea with these sanctions will be made poorer by $1.3 billion in annual revenues.
The Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee has been in charge of the country’s propaganda that further went on to say that US ought to “be beaten to death.” They did not mince any word to Japan either that has partnered USA in imposing sanctions on North Korea.
“The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us,” a statement carried by North Korea’s state media organization, the Korean Central News Agency (KNCA), said.
Do we remember what Iran said about Israel? Iran’s former president Ahmadinejad remarked about Israel that “This country … will do anything to destroy the state of Israel”. Do we also remember how much hue and cry resulted for such remarks? It is still often being referred in the western media and debated upon. One can only wonder why US and the West is silent about this outrageous statements by North Korea. Is this because Israel is missing from the picture?”
North Korea is also one third of the axis of evil, where Iran is also another component. The low stand of US in terms of retaliation to North Korea’s threat can be because of known eccentricities of Kim Jong-un and that might be dismissed by President Trump as empty vessels.
The sanctions prohibit foreign firms in forming commercial agreements with the organizations of North Korea. This sanction has been approved by all members of the Security Council that includes Russia and China.
Although, the sanctions have been imposed, US has been playing a carrot and stick approach, where the stick has been mentioned in the form of sanctions and carrot is the offer that if North Korea stops its nuclear programs, all sanctions can be revoked.
It will be very interesting to see what China does to its covert friend. China has approved the sanctions, but will it secretly help North Korea to come out of this crisis? China is also the bulwark to North Korea that has been the prime cause why the US led western allies is not taking any military action against the rogue state. China is also the reason why a country like North Korea is surviving and how its thriving military is sustained. North Korea’s threat is much more serious than Iran’s, would the reaction to it will also be more serious? We have to wait and see.