- North Korea launched an ICBM on July 4 as a gift to the ‘American bastards’
- Kim has urged his scientists to "frequently send big and small 'gift packages' to the Yankees
- What is India’s take on North Korea?
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has been in a celebratory mood. The North Korean leader has vowed that his nation would "demonstrate its mettle to the US" and never negotiate its weapons programmes after watching the test- launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile.
On July 4, the ICBM launch, confirmed later by US and South Korean officials has been hailed by NK as a milestone in Pyongyang's efforts to develop long-range nuclear-armed missiles.
The ensuing uproar only seemed to inspire the North's rhetoric in official media, which described Kim as smiling as he urged his scientists to "frequently send big and small 'gift packages' to the Yankees," an apparent reference to further tests. Considering the fact that the missile was lauched on the United States Independence Day.
The Korean Central News Agency quoted leader Kim Jong-Un, who personally oversaw the test, as having inspected the Hwasong-14 missile and "expressed satisfaction, saying it looked as handsome as a good-looking boy and was well made". The US "attempts to test our determination and ignores our warnings", KCNA indirectly cited Kim as saying, and the North's long confrontation with Washington had entered the "final stage".
The North is subject to multiple rounds of United Nations sanctions over its nuclear and missile programmes, and the launch triggered a new chorus of condemnation. But with this display of nuclear might it has led to the growth of more tension building and putting USA on the defensive.
And if reports in the foreign media is to be believed, the North Korean government went so far as to say its new missile could hit any location on the planet, a claim whose validity was unclear.
These actions of North Korea only add fuel to the fears that were already gaining ground. US, South Korea and Japan are feeling threatened by this new missile launch.
Under this cloud of uncertainty, USA has warned that a conflict with North Korea could be imminent, meanwhile it is trying to manage things diplomatically and strategically. The superpower is trying to urge China into closing its resources to North Korea so that Kim Jong un will not have any material to build such missiles, but who would to lose out on business?
The launch of the missile has sent military powers into hurried meetings discussing what strategy to follow, since there are rumours that the missiles being developed have the capacity to hit an US state. As of the now the missile can hit Alaska and not the US mainland.
When it comes to India, the two countries share normal diplomatic relations. However, even India is not supportive of North Korea’s games with nukes and missiles. All the more reason to worry is that North Korea seems quite friendly with Pakistan and has even supported them with military might. So in case a conflict does occur, we know which side India will be heading towards.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:52 PM