China joins U.S., Japan in condemning North Korea nuclear test [like that will make any difference]
North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of existing U.N. resolutions, drawing condemnation from around the world, including from its only major ally, China, which summoned the North Korean ambassador to protest.
The reclusive North said the test was an act of self-defense against “U.S. hostility” and threatened further, stronger steps if necessary.
It said the test had “greater explosive force” than the 2006 and 2009 tests. Its KCNA news agency said it had used a “miniaturized” and lighter nuclear device, indicating that it had again used plutonium which is more suitable for use as a missile warhead.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the third of his line to rule the country, has presided over two long-range rocket launches and a nuclear test during his first year in power, pursuing policies that have propelled his impoverished and malnourished country closer to becoming a nuclear weapons power.
China, which has shown signs of increasing exasperation with the recent bellicose tone of its neighbor, summoned the North Korean ambassador in Beijing and protested sternly, the Foreign Ministry said.
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said China was “strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed” to the test and urged North Korea to “stop any rhetoric or acts that could worsen situations and return to the right course of dialogue and consultation as soon as possible”.
China is a permanent member of the Security Council.
U.S. President Barack Obama labeled the test a “highly provocative act” that hurt regional stability and pressed for new sanctions.
Oooooh, more sanctions! Sure. The only “sanction” that will work is to cut this rogue nation off from the rest of the planet. Nothing gets in, nothing gets out. No fuel, no food, no medicine, no technology. Let them eat dirt. Um, I mean let them eat more dirt. That’s the easy way. The hard way is to nuke them or invade them. Pardon the pun, but those solutions have too much fallout to make it worthwhile. So send them a really strongly worded letter:
Dear North Korea:
The Whole World
and then make it stick.
With any luck, Iran might get the message too.
Do they have a significant local supply of uranium? Otherwise, who’s selling it to them? If they have their own, maybe we should invade them and take it so we can fuel our carriers. Let’s see, the people can eat for a year, or a nuke. I’m leaning toward a nuke.
"Whachu gonna do Obamba? Whachu gonna do?”
Well, just as a guess, he’ll carry on in the Bill Clinton tradition, giving the Norks financial aid, food, and of course nuclear technology and/or fissionable products/fuel.
It’s what allies do.
BINGO! [Argentium G. Tiger.]
Well I see it this way; the South seems to want to let things stay as they are and seeing as they are the primary losers in any Solution they should decide. Sooo, we give them the keys to a half dozen Pershing II’s and see what they do. I’m betting Nothing at all.But if they do, everyone can agree that it was best for all involved.
What? Too Rational?