North Korea is continuing it’s nuclear weapons testing to the chagrin of most of her neighbors and a good portion of the rest of the world Including the U.S. North Korea’s hawkish stance has been a thorn in the side of America’s Military readiness, for decades.
The South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, characterized the test as an act of “fanatic recklessness.” she went on to say:
“The only thing that [the] Kim Jong Un regime can gain from the nuclear tests is stronger sanctions from the international community and its isolation,” she said in a statement. “Such provocation will eventually hasten its path to self-destruction.”
This would make the third nuclear test since Kim Jong Un took power in 2011 and the seismic effects were quite dramatic as South Korea’s national security advisor, Cho Tae-yong, said:
“the test was conducted in Punggye-ri, a remote nuclear test site in North Korea’s North Hamgyong Province. Shock waves of magnitude 5.3 were detected near Punggye-ri about 9:30 a.m., according to an earlier statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. They called the event an “artificial” earthquake.”
The fact that North Korea’s nuclear capabilities represent a clear and present danger to the world should keep us all asking for a reasoned and determined response from leaders in Washington.
Needless to say, the reactions coming from North Korea’s nearest neighbors were quick:
Within hours of the test, North Korea’s neighbors were scrambling to respond. South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn called an emergency meeting of top security officials. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a statement that a suspected nuclear test by North Korea “could not be tolerated,” according to Reuters.
We had all hoped that after the “cold war” between the Soviet Union and the United States had ended, the chances for world peace had increased dramatically but with all of the nuclear proliferation we see now, our worries about nuclear war are just getting exponentially higher!
Source: Los Angeles Times