Superiority in military technology is no longer the monopoly of imperialists and the era of our enemies using atom bombs to threaten and blackmail us is over for ever. … We must strengthen our military in every possible way and accomplish the goal of building a powerful and prosperous socialist state.North Korean leader Kim Jong-un • Speaking in his first televised speech since becoming the country’s leader. Kim spoke on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, speaking reverently of his grandfather, along with his recently-deceased father father Kim Jong-il. During the televised speech, TV presenters compared Kim Jong-un to Kim Il-sung (the two have similar physical appearances) and more interestingly, the country used the occasion to show off a new missile. That’s despite the fact that just a few days ago, a North Korean missile launch went totally awry. source (via • follow)
Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, North Korea’s provocative action threatens regional security, violates international law and contravenes its own recent commitments. While this action is not surprising given North Korea’s pattern of aggressive behavior, any missile activity by North Korea is of concern to the international community. The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations, and is fully committed to the security our allies in the region.
The President has been clear that he is prepared to engage constructively with North Korea. However, he has also insisted that North Korea live up to its own commitments, adhere to its international obligations and deal peacefully with its neighbors.
North Korea is only further isolating itself by engaging in provocative acts, and is wasting its money on weapons and propaganda displays while the North Korean people go hungry. North Korea’s long-standing development of missiles and pursuit of nuclear weapons have not brought it security – and never will. North Korea will only show strength and find security by abiding by international law, living up to its obligations, and by working to feed its citizens, to educate its children, and to win the trust of its neighbors.
» One good thing that came out of this: The photos that Western journalists got this week at the very least gave us an interesting view into an area of the world that few have ever seen.