Thursday, June 25, 2009

N. Korea Threatens to Let A "Shower of Nuclear Retaliation' Rain on the U.S.

I wasn't going to write anything about this but seeing as Korea is going wild with the mouth I must say. First and foremost, Korea should have to heed to the sanctions the UN put on the country. They should also explain what is on the ship that is causing all this panic, when it has been known to carry missiles before. When every other super power in the world is exposing their nuclear laundry, they should be too. And threats like letting a 'Shower' rain on us, should not be taken too lightly. No matter how many time the country has had diarrhea of the mouth.

Once again, North Korea has reminded us that you don’t need Twitter to organize a big rally — just a dose of old-school Stalinism.

In Pyongyang, thousands of marchers packed a square today to denounce newly imposed U.N. sanctions on North Korea. The Associated Press said demonstrators chanted “Let’s smash!” while punching their fists in the air; the regime also threatened to unleash a “shower of nuclear retaliation” on the South in the event of a U.S. attack.

Today marks the anniversary of the 1950 outbreak of the Korean War (or as North Korea remembers it, “June 25, the Day of the Struggle against U.S. Imperialism”). Nearly six decades later, tensions are running high on the peninsula: North Korea is prepping for another long-range missile test, and Pyongyang has imposed a “no-sail zone” off its east coast. According to press reports, the North Koreans may also be planning to pop off some short- and medium-range missiles during an upcoming set of military exercises.

Last night, President Barack Obama extended sanctions imposed one year ago by his predecessor, George W. Bush. In a statement, the president said, “the existence and risk of the proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.” That executive order — which declares a “national emergency” because of North Korea’s nuclear posturing — keeps in place certain restrictions on commerce with North Korea that otherwise would have been lifted in 2008.

Meanwhile, the United States is mulling whether to intercept a North Korean ship that is suspected of carrying weapons to Burma. In a press conference yesterday, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said a decision had not yet been reached on whether to “hail and query” the North Korean vessel, the Kang Nam.

“That is a decision I think we will likely take collectively with our allies and partners out there and make a determination about whether we choose to hail and query this particular ship and, if we make that decision, when and where to do so,” he said. “But that is not a decision that’s been made yet, and I don’t get the sense that it is imminent. So I would urge everybody just to take a deep breath and to not hyperventilate about this particular ship. We are in this for the long run.”


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