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Pyŏngyang : North Korea | Jan 24, 2013 at 7:57 AM PST
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North Korea has already carried out explosive tests of two plutonium nuclear devices

No sooner has the word been leaked out regarding sanctions which would be imposed by the UN Security Council on North Korea, it has come out in the open saying that all its satellite launches are aimed at targeting the US its arch enemy, as reported in news.sky.com dated 24th of January 2013.

This is a 180-degree turn for Pyongyang because it had, all along, been insisting that its nuclear tests were for peaceful applications and the rocket launches were to send satellites into space.

It seems North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un has made the declaration in the National Defence Commission in which he sought to convey that all the tests that they are conducting are with the express purpose of targeting its arch enemy, namely the US.

Threat of Pyongyang

In the opinion of Kim Jong-Un, matters must be settled with the US by using force and not by words because the jungle law is the only means of survival.

The next nuclear test, when carried out by North Korea, would be the third and the intention behind it would apparently be to boost its nuclear deterrent – the previous nuclear tests were in 2006 and 2009.

South Korea has, in this context, added that the rockets launched by North Korea in December-2012 had range up to San Francisco even though experts believe that North Korea has yet to acquire such long range actions.

In this context, it is of interest to know that a US think-tank had concluded from a study of satellite images that North Korea had repaired the damages caused to its nuclear test site and could carry out a detonation at a fortnight's notice.

Reaction of China

China, which is the only friend that North Korea can boast of, has urged Pyongyang to maintain restraint.

In the words of Hong Lei, the foreign ministry spokesman of China, it was hoped that North Korea should remain calm in both words and deeds and view the long term interest apart from pushing for the resumption of the six-party talks which had been stalled.

The background story

The North Koreans treat the US as a foe because of the Korean War which had ended in 1953 in a truce after three years but not a peace treaty and which left the Korean peninsula divided into North Korea and South Korea with the US maintaining a base in the South.

It is rumored that North Korea has stored up enough weaponized plutonium to make at least four to eight nuclear bombs - that is the observation of scientist Siegfried Hecker, who had been on a visit to the Nyongbyon nuclear complex of North Korea in 2010..

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