North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un has vowed to complete the country’s nuclear program, despite the United Nations security council strong condemnation of his nation’s highly provocative ballistic missile test on Friday. Just as expected, it now looks like Pyongyang is not impressed by the escalating international sanctions which are aimed at crippling its already impoverished economy.
North Korea’s state run news-agency KCNA quoted dear leader Kim Jong-un on Saturday, who claimed that his regime is getting very close to its goal of, as he put it, creating an equilibrium of real force with the United States, whilst saying that North Korea’s nuke program is nearing completion.
KCNA said that Kim personally supervised (as in guided) the Friday launch of a Hwasong 12 missile, a test aimed at “calming down the belligerence of the United States and prove the country’s proficiency with regard to a potential nuclear war. Kim Jong-un boasted that, let me quote:
“As recognized by the whole world, we have made all these achievements despite the U.N. sanctions that have lasted for decades,”
while acknowledging that North Korea’s nuclear program is basically aimed at deterring the US and others from trying to impose a regime change a la Libya/Iraq, or, as he put it, to achieve the capacity for nuclear counterattack the U.S. cannot cope with. His goal?
“is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option for the DPRK,”
Meanwhile, according to a recent Gallup poll, as tensions escalate between Pyongyang and the US, almost 60 percent of Americans are in favor of a military intervention against North Korea, provided diplomatic efforts and economic sanctions fail to achieve US goals. So much for America first, right?
Gallup asked the same question in 2003 and back then, 47% of Americans said they were in favor of the US taking military action against Pyongyang.