Video: North Korea says successfully test-fires submarine ballistic missile pic.twitter.com/AURb317WvA— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) April 24, 2016
An overjoyed and pumped up Kim Jong-un is ready to take on the world after the successful submarine-launch of the ballistic missile that has gifted his country with "one more means for powerful nuclear attack."
The United Nations Security Council, as well as other countries around the world, condemned the test. The thought of Pyongyang developing nuclear weapons delivery systems does not sit well with many.
"The members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures in line with the council's previously expressed determination," the U.N. Security Council said in a statement.
However, the world may not have much to fear. South Korea's Defense Ministry claims the much hyped-about launch was actually a failure, as the missile flew no more than 30 kilometers. But the North's state-run KCNA news agency denies any such claims, insisting that the test was
“another great success.”
"It fully confirmed and reinforced the reliability of the Korean-style underwater launching system and perfectly met all technical requirements for carrying out ... underwater attack operation," KCNA said.
Kim Jong-un declared Pyongyang "now capable of hitting the heads of the South Korean puppet forces and the U.S. imperialists anytime as it pleases."
However, that does not change the fact that the country, or rather its leader, is obsessed with weapons of mass destruction and their resultant annihilation of so-called enemies — be it a “new type of cutting-edge anti-ship rocket” or a much-touted hydrogen bomb.
But time and again, the threats have been found to be more a dog and pony show wrapped up in a false sense of bravado than any real danger to the world.
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Even so, the U.N. wants to make its condemnation clear. The Security Council called on states to implement sanctions on North Korea, particularly the measures adopted in March.
"The members of the Security Council emphasized that the DPRK's development and testing of new ballistic missile capabilities, even if launches are failures, is clearly prohibited by these resolutions," the council said.
But the sanctions placed before haven’t really worked in deterring the rogue state from entertaining the world with its aggression laced antics.
There’s no doubt that North Korea doesn’t harbor any positive feelings toward the United States or the rest of the world. The only thing the two may have in common is their disdain for Donald Trump, who intends to make Kim Jong-un “disappear” once he is elected president.
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