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With Hydrogen bomb armed North Korea, US allies strengthen their defence capabilities

North Korea test of hydrogen bomb

North Korea Kim Jong Un is on a mission to excel and develop his country on whatever resources it has to mark a place in the world and the country has a huge treasure of mineral resources which remains largely untapped including iron, gold, magnesite, zinc, copper, limestone, molybdenum and graphite.

This picture was released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Sunday, purportedly showing leader Kim Jong-Un (centre) looking at a hydrogen bomb.

North Korea Kim Jong Un is on a mission to excel and develop his country on whatever resources it has to mark a place in the world and the country has a huge treasure of mineral resources which remains largely untapped including iron, gold, magnesite, zinc, copper, limestone, molybdenum and graphite.

Its bedrock also holds a large amount of metals needed to make smartphones and other technological products. For other resources, North Korea is maintaining economic and diplomatic ties with Russia and China. North Korea has been upgrading the technology of intercontinental ballistic missiles and the major world powers were aware that Pyongyang’s goal is to develop a nuclear-tipped missile with enough range to destroy cities in America and the testing of a sixth nuclear test on September 3rd, 2017 was the result of their work that prepared a two stage nuclear device that was made to fit on a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile.

The United States has called on the United Nations Security Council to vote on Monday on a draft resolution for imposing new sanctions against North Korea that would include freezing the assets of leader Kim Jong Un over its sixth and powerful nuclear test.

The draft resolution includes a full ban on exports of oil to North Korea, a full ban on textile imports from North Korea, a ban on North Korean labourers generating earnings overseas, and the asset freeze, which will also target members of the ruling worker’s party, the diplomat said, calling it a “hard-hitting, ambitious resolution.”

But North Korean ally China and neighboring Russia hold veto power on the Security Council. A draft resolution needs nine affirmative votes from members of the Council and zero vetoes from permanent members in order to pass.

There are reports that Russia may have helped North Korea’s “sudden advancement” in the development of nuclear weapons.

The British Foreign Office is investigating whether “current and former nuclear states” helped Pyongyang develop nuclear weapons capable of being mounted on missiles.

The new draft UN resolution would cut off oil to North Korea, ban the nation’s exports of textiles and end the hiring of North Korean laborers abroad and may also include North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to a travel ban and asset freeze.

China has banned imports of gold from North Korea as well as exports to the country of jet fuel and other oil products used to make rocket fuel. A series of UN trade sanctions have blocked the entry of technology into North Korea for building ballistic missiles since 2006. A UN ban also prohibits sales of weapons and fuel for missiles.

United Nations has “unequivocally” condemned the latest nuclear and missile tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), denouncing them as “profoundly destabilizing for regional and international security.”

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged big powers to come up with a political solution to stop Kim Jong Un from advancing in the development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and warned against adopting military action, saying the “potential consequences to military action are too horrific.”

“Confrontational rhetoric may lead to unintended consequences, The solution must be political. The potential consequences of military action are too horrific,” the Secretary General said referring to the rhetoric being used by U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Secretary-General stressed that dialogue and communication is necessary to avoid miscalculation or misunderstanding, Guterres said, “As Secretary-General, I am ready to support any efforts towards a peaceful solution of this alarming situation, and as I said, to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”

UNSC has reiterated that North Korea should comply fully with its international obligations, including Security Council Resolution 2371, which was adopted last month.

The Council has adopted Resolution 2356 designating high-ranking North Korean government officials and the military’s Strategic Rocket Forces Command for individual sanctions.

America must reaffirm and strengthen its commitment to defend its allies and Trump on a telephonic conversation with South Korean President Moon Jae-in has agreed to review missile programs.Japan has approved for the installation of THAAD mmissile.But both China and Russia have condemned Japan’s plans to upgrade its missile defences.

He recently concluded annual U.S. Pacific Command Chiefs of Defense Conference, this year co-hosted by Canada and the United States, provided a forum for 26 senior Indo-Asia-Pacific military leaders to strengthen military-to-military relationships, discuss common defense issues and foster regional cooperation.

The conference was held here from September 4-6. Topics of discussion included the threat from North Korea, trends in the Indo-Asia-Pacific area, combating and preventing violent extremism and peace support operations.

“We share many challenges in the Indo-Asia Pacific, but through bilateral and multilateral engagements like these and cooperation with other nations in the region, I am confident that when we face these challenges together, we will prevail together,” said Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris, Pacom’s commander.

 

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By: Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

 

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