In the last years, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un released many provocative statements against the Western World. Furthermore, he often had an attitude pervaded by a delirium of omnipotence. Luckily, none of his threats became reality, even if his declarations unleashed controversies and arguments in the international political scene. However, some suspicious missile launches have aroused some fears towards this country.
The North Korean ambassador for UK has recently released some declarations about these operations. It seems that Pyongyang may consider the use of missiles for military purposes, if the sanctions against its government are tightened up. According to The Guardian “ambassador Hyon Hak-bong told an audience at London’s Chatham House that his government would consider any escalation of sanctions another provocation and would not be deterred”(1). In short, this time it seems that this country started to overcome the limit and to use “the hard way”.
It’s very difficult to understand if this version of facts is reliable or not. It’s well-known that North Korea has ever been a very secretive nation which has very little contacts with the rest of the world. Moreover, its government always hides many details of its internal and foreign policies. At the moment, according to The Guardian “Expert analysis of recent satellite images suggest North Korea has completed upgrades at its main Sohae satellite launch site, although analysts also say there has been no sign of activity to suggest an imminent launch”(2).
Another relevant factor to consider is that this country has nuclear weapons despite a previous nuclear freeze agreement. Despite these blocks, North Korea continued to carry out secretive and illegal nuclear tests after 2009. Furthermore, it seems that Kim Jong Un supplied some nuclear technologies to Syria and Iran. This lethal mix of recent missile launches and nuclear hidden experiments seriously worries Western authorities. According to Aei.org “North Korea now possesses approximately six to eight plutonium nuclear weapons and four to eight uranium nuclear weapons; It is likely capable of mounting its nuclear weapons onto missiles and is working on miniaturization, as it aspires to place warheads on Nodong missiles and and Taepodong intercontinental ballistic missiles”(3).
At the moment the American and British governments have recently introduced new sanctions against two important North Korean companies due to their ties to dangerous military and nuclear activities. According to Upi.com “the British Foreign Office announced new sanctions on Wednesday, against 33 North Korean individuals and 36 entities representing Pyongyang, including KOMID and Room 39, a clandestine organization that oversees Pyongyang’s foreign currency slush fund”(4).
During his visit to London the North Korean ambassador exposed worrying and disturbing updates about the diplomatic relations with South Korea. In fact, he reiterated that there is a risk of war and the situation could worsen. He said about this issue “With 70 years of division, the Korean peninsula is forced to stand on the horns of dilemma of peace and nuclear disaster; The Korean peninsula is at the crossroads of reunification or permanent division”(5).
In this period the North Korean government is also planning a huge parade to celebrate the 70 years of its regime. In this celebration there will be a huge exposition of military vehicles, soldiers and “the infamous missiles”. Furthermore, according to The Korea Herald “The parade may come in lieu of a long-range missile launch expected for the celebration later this month, with the country showing yet no signs of a missile launch”(6). Obviously, South Korea will monitor this event to discover what are the next steps of Pyongyang. In fact, Seoul is strongly worried about the unpredictable behavior of Kim Jong Un. In particular, the South Korean officials are seriously worried about a missile attack in conjunction with these celebrations.