As stakes rise, Kim stands firm
NORTH Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations insists his country will not “flinch an inch” in its quest for nuclear capabilities as long as US “threats continue”.
Ambassador Han Taesong told the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva his country had “every reason to respond with tough counter measures”, hours after Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile over Japan and into the sea.
The launch sparked global condemnation, with the UN Security Council calling on North Korea yesterday to halt its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.
“The Security Council expresses its grave concern that the DPRK is … deliberately undermining regional peace and stability and have caused grave security concerns around the world,” the Security Council said in a statement.
The council also expressed “its commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution”, but did not threaten new sanctions.
North Korea’s actions were raised on Channel 9’s Today program as host Karl Stefanovic quizzed Foreign Minister Julie Bishop about the best path forward.
Stefanovic said neither threats nor an olive branch had worked and North Korea didn’t seem to care about the rest of the world.
Ms Bishop said the collective strategy was to continue to impose political, diplomatic and economic sanctions.
“The United States has said all options are on the table and that has certainly been the case for some time,” she said, adding it was vital all diplomatic channels were exhausted.
Stefanovic didn’t leave it there, saying: “With the greatest respect, he (Kim Jong-Un) doesn’t give a toss about Donald Trump or us”.
As pictures emerged of the launch, Korean Central News Agency said Leader Kim Jong-un had called for more ballistic missile launches into the Pacific.
Mr Kim called the launch a “meaningful prelude” to containing Guam.
US President Trump said: “Threatening and destabilising actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world.
“All options are on the table.”