In a memorandum Wednesday, the country’s foreign ministry wrote: “The present situation clearly proves that [North Korea] should counter the U.S. hostile policy with strength, not with words.” The memo went on to define that strength as a buildup of “nuclear deterrence.” Further, the memo promised “physical counteraction” to boost “nuclear deterrence both qualitatively and quantitatively.”
The statement comes a day after the U.N. Security Council — including China — approved a resolution of condemnation against the nation for its Dec. 12 rocket launch that sent a surveillance satellite into orbit.
The strong language of the statement is a first for North Korea’s newest leader, Kim Jong-un, and some see it as a direct challenge to President Obama, who hoped the resolution would carry weight.
Following Tuesday’s vote, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said, “This resolution demonstrates to North Korea that there are unanimous and significant consequences for its flagrant violation of its obligations under previous resolutions.”
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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