World View: China Urges Restraint after North Korea Nuclear Threat
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- North Korea threatens U.S. with nuclear missile attack
- North Korea ready to conduct nuclear test within several days
- China calls for restraint by all parties
- Britain, Germany, Netherlands say: 'Leave Benghazi immediately'
North Korea threatens U.S. with nuclear missile attack
Kim Jong-un, the young North Korean dictator
An English-language statement issued by the National Defense
Commission, broadcast by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of
North Korea or DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea):
"We will carry out further tests involving a variety
of satellites and long-range rockets as well as a high-level
nuclear test. And we make it clear that all these tests will
target the U.S., the sworn enemy of the people.
We do not hide that a variety of satellites and long-range rockets
which will be launched by the DPRK one after another and a nuclear
test of higher level which will be carried out by it in the
upcoming all-out action, a new phase of the anti-U.S. struggle
that has lasted century after century, will target against the
U.S., the sworn enemy of the Korean people.
The new U.N. Security Council resolution is proof that hostile
U.S. policies toward North Korea have entered a more dangerous
stage. The only way to draw a conclusion with the U.S. is not
through dialogue but through weapons."
The DPRK was reacting to the unanimous censure, by the United Nations
Security Council earlier this week, to North Korea's December 12
long-range missile test. At the time, they insisted that the test was
for peaceful purposes only, to put satellites into orbit. The new
statement is an admission that they were lying, which is no surprise
to anyone. Dong-a Ilbo (Seoul) and Yonhap Ilbo (Seoul)
North Korea ready to conduct nuclear test within several days
According to a North Korean source accessed by South Korea, North
Korea has already finished preparations for a new nuclear test:
"North Korea has dug tunnels for its third nuclear
test at its test site in Punggye-ri, North Hamkyong Province, and
completed sealing the tunnels with concrete after installing test
equipment and connecting cables for observation."
The South Korean military says that the North is ready to conduct the
test within several days. Dong-a Ilbo (Seoul)
China calls for restraint by all parties
China voted in favor of the U.N. Security Council resolution censuring
North Korea for the long-range missile test, indicating that China is
increasingly willing to criticize its client. China's Foreign
Ministry called for calm and restraint from all concerned parties:
"It is in the common interests of all parties
concerned to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula
and achieve the denuclearization of the peninsula.
(We) hope all concerned parties will keep calm and act in a
cautious and prudent way, as well as refrain from taking any
action that could lead to the progressive escalation of
North Korea's new young generation dictator, Kim Jong-un, has now had
a year to decide what he wants to do, and it appears that he's decided
that everything that any Western leaders or any Chinese leaders tell
him is completely full of crap. VOA and China Daily (Beijing)
Britain, Germany, Netherlands say: 'Leave Benghazi immediately'
Britain, Germany and the Netherlands have been told to leave Benghazi,
Libya, immediately because of an unnamed "specific, imminent threat"
to Westerners. According to Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office
"We are aware of a specific, imminent threat to
Westerners in Benghazi. We advise against all travel to Benghazi
and urge any British nationals who are there against our advice to
We advise against all but essential travel to Tripoli .... We
advise against all travel to all other areas of Libya, including
There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be
indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and
foreign travelers. ... There is a threat of kidnapping in Libya.
Following French military intervention in Mali, there is a
possibility of retaliatory attacks targeting Western interests in
the region. We advise vigilance. ... You should avoid any
demonstrations or large gatherings of people. If you become aware
of any nearby violence you should leave the area immediately.
Violent clashes between armed groups are possible across the
country, particularly at night, and even in those places that have
previously avoided conflict. These often include the use of heavy
Libya's government is saying that they were "very surprised" by the
announcement, and complained that they weren't even notified about it
in advance. BBC
and Foreign and Commonwealth Office
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