North Korea: U N Sanctions, and a Nuclear Threat

North Korea U N Sanctions, and a Nuclear Threat

 

“The U.N. Security Council agreed to tighten sanctions against North Korea on Thursday as punishment for its recent nuclear test. The Council’s unanimous agreement came after three weeks of negotiation between the U.S. and China, which has opposed such measures in the past. North Korea was furious at the U.N. action, issuing a threat to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons as the sanctions came up for a vote.”

This report came from NPR.  Does North Korea have the capability to launch a missile carrying a nuclear warhead, and hit the United States?

Probably not.  They do not appear to have the ability to produce a warhead small enough to put on a missile capable of reaching the U.S. It is believed to have enough nuclear fuel, however, for several crude nuclear devices.

North Korea has ramped up the rhetoric in the last few weeks because of possible sanctions imposed by the United Nations, and requested by the United States, after an ill-advised nuclear test.  They are also angry about upcoming joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea.

After the United States negotiated an agreement with China, North Korea’s closest ally, all 15 members of the U N Security council voted to impose a 4th round of sanctions in an effort to suppress their nuclear weapons program.

In turn, North Korea demanded that the U N immediately order the removal of all military bases in South Korea.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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