Time For More Talks Or Another Strongly Worded Letter

How many more times are we going to let North Korea urinate on our leg with impunity?

N Korea ‘in final uranium phase’

North Korea has entered the final phase of uranium enrichment, the North’s state media are reported as saying by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

“Uranium enrichment tests have been successfully carried out and that process is in the concluding stage,” state media were quoted as saying.

If confirmed, the move would be in defiance of international pressure for the North to abandon its nuclear work.

The UN passed tougher sanctions after a nuclear test by Pyongyang in May.

Both that test and an earlier nuclear test by North Korea in 2006 were understood to have been plutonium-based warheads.

Defiance

The North’s KCNA news agency reported that North Korea’s delegation at the United Nations had written to the Security Council, saying Pyongyang was now ready “for both sanctions and dialogue”.

“Reprocessing of spent fuel rods is at its final phase and extracted plutonium is being weaponised,” the AFP news agency reported the delegation as saying.

“If some permanent members of the UN Security Council wish to put sanctions first before dialogue, we would respond with bolstering our nuclear deterrence first before we meet them in a dialogue,” the delegation said.

South Korea’s defence minister had warned in June that the North was going ahead with plans to enrich uranium, a step towards making nuclear weapons.

Observers say the US has long suspected the existence of a secret uranium enrichment programme in the North, though experts say it remains little-developed.

In the past few months, North Korea has fired a long-range rocket over Japanese territory and conducted an underground, plutonium-based nuclear test.

Renewed tensions

But more recently, the secretive communist nation has made more conciliatory gestures on the world stage.

Two US reporters and a South Korean worker were released from detention and Pyongyang said it was interested in resuming cross-border tourismand industrial projects with the South.

Less than two weeks ago, the first meeting between officials from the North and South for nearly two years took place unexpectedly in the southern capital, Seoul.

However, the latest communique indicated that the North was unhappy that the UN allowed South Korea to launch a satellite last month, after having condemned its own rocket launch in April, Reuters reported.

Correspondents said Pyongyang’s latest remarks appeared to seek once again to ratchet up tensions on the Korean peninsula.

See also:
N. Korea Says It’s in Last Stage of Uranium Enrichment
North Korea says in final phase of uranium enrichment
N. Korea Reports Advances in Enriching Uranium
N.Korea says in last stage of enriching uranium
UAE seizes North Korean weapons. Now what?
Why Are We Not Stomping North Korea’s Guts Out?

Between Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan, it’s just a matter of time before a working nuclear device ends up in the hands of some rogue state or non-state actor with a strong desire to detonate it at a time a place that is contrary to U.S. national interests.

/talks, letters, lots of whistling past the graveyard

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Take That North Korea!

Flashback to Memorial Day, just about a week ago, Obama gives North Korea the what for and threatens to spring into action along with the international community.

Fast forward back to today. Where are the sanctions, where is the international pressure? They’re still dithering, just like they always do.

China, Russia Delay United Nations Action on Sanctions Against North Korea Over Nuclear Test

North Korea’s allies China and Russia raised questions Tuesday about some possible new sanctions against North Korea for its recent nuclear test, delaying Security Council action sought by key Western powers, U.N. diplomats said.

But, getting a resolution out quickly is less important than getting one that has teeth, they said.

“We need meaningful sanctions,” France’s U.N. Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert stressed.

Turkey’s U.N. Ambassador Baki Ilkin, the current Security Council president, said the draft resolution currently being discussed is “a highly complex text.”

“It takes time, and we must get it right, so one or two days later or earlier is not that important,” he told reporters. “What is important is that we do have this resolution that has an impact.”

The United States, Britain and France have been pressing for a speedy council response to Pyongyang’s underground nuclear test on May 25, and ambassadors from the three countries have been meeting with their counterparts from China, Russia and the two countries most closely affected by the test, Japan and South Korea, to draft a new resolution.

Some council diplomats had privately predicted that the seven countries would agree on a draft on Tuesday which would then be circulated to all 15 members of the Security Council.

But China and Russia raised some issues, what one diplomat described as a lot of little sticking points, so negotiations among the seven countries were continuing, diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the consultations are private.

Ripert expressed hope that a draft could be circulated to the full council, possibly Wednesday. Ilkin said “I would hope that we will have something in the course of this week, hopefully.”

See also:
China: UN Action Alone Won’t Solve N Korea Problems
Britain hopeful on U.N. action over North Korea
U.N. vs. North Korea – only time will tell

Remember back in April, when North Korea launched missiles? It’s like Groundhog Day all over again, only Groundhog Day is in February. That time it was Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., threatening to spring into action with the rest of the international community.

All hat, no cattle. Gee, where do you think North Korea gets the idea that they can get away with anything? Speaking of which . . .

Ignoring warning, North puts missile near launching pad

A North Korean missile at a base in Dongchang-ri, North Pyongan, has been transported by cargo train to an assembly building near the launch pad, an informed source said yesterday.

The source said, “The missile was covered but looked to be of a similar shape and slightly longer than the long-range rocket fired on April 5.”

South Korean sources said Monday that North Korea was trying to launch the rocket by mid-June. The rocket is estimated to be an intercontinental ballistic missile with a theoretical range of between 4,000 kilometers (2,485.5 miles) and 6,500 kilometers. It could possibly reach Alaska.

See also:
Report: N.Korea Readies Long-Range Missile Test
North Korea readies long-range missile test
US officials: North Korea may launch new missiles

And so it goes, same as it ever was, and not even a strongly worded letter to show for it.

/they’re going to need a bigger clown car