SEOUL, South Korea - Even as the world awaits the U.S. Presidential election with bated breathe, North Korea has now finally expressed its leader’s views on the much-hyped decision to ...
• U.S. has placed several sanctions on Kim Jong Un for human rights violation
• U.S. wants to maintain its nuclear monopoly through denuclearisation of DPRK, KCNA claims
• North Korea said neither of the U.S. presidential candidates have moral foundation to protect the country from destruction
SEOUL, South Korea - Even as the world awaits the U.S. Presidential election with bated breathe, North Korea has now finally expressed its leader’s views on the much-hyped decision to come.
According to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, under whose supremacy the country has conducted two nuclear tests this year - one in January and the second one, considered to be its largest and potentially most devastating one till date, in September. The country has since even launched 24 ballistic missiles.
Between April 15 and October 20, North Korea test fired the Musudan missiles eight times, but only the launch on June 22 recorded success.
The Musudan missile, with a design range of 1,500 to 2,500 miles, is believed to be capable of reaching South Korea, Japan and even the U.S. territory of Guam.
The country has shown no willingness to engage in dialogue on the nuclear issue, and therefore, Washington’s diplomatic efforts have focused on engaging other nations to isolate North Korea and strictly implement the international sanctions.
On Monday, North Korea said that it plans to send a ‘strong message’ to U.S. on November 8 - when the country goes to polls.
North Korea said it would launch an intermediate-range ballistic missile to welcome the new American president.
The evasive nation however didn’t stop there, it ridiculed U.S. President Barack Obama while adding that neither of the U.S. presidential candidates have moral foundation to protect the country from destruction.
The North Korean state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released a White Paper referring to the November 8 election as the “most indecent seminar on presidential election” and the “most dirty to-and-fro conflict.”
KCNA said, “It can be seen from this that there is neither man nor ideology nor spiritual and moral foundation to protect the country from destruction.”
North Korea’s long-time strategic and political ally, China too had expressed its opinion about the election previously, pointing out that the election and presidential debates highlight “the decay of U.S. politics.”
The KCNA report added, “History has proven that when people, society, and even politics decay, the country will fall. U.S. collapse is its fate in history. The U.S., source of all kinds of evils, will certainly be buried.”
North Korea blamed the Obama administration for the present state of affairs, arguing “the complete defeat of the Obama regime foretells the collapse of the U.S.”
“The U.S. internal and external policies based on high-handed and arbitrary practices, aggression and interference, exploitation and oppression are going against the trend of history. Therefore, they are being rejected as anachronistic policies and even its fate is being pushed into collapse,” KCNA explained.
“Several countries of Asia have risen up against the U.S. in protest against the Obama’s policy of gravely encroaching upon the dignity and interests of the sovereign states,” the commentary added, referring to North Korea, China and the Philippines.
U.S. ally in the region and North Korea’s neighbour and rival, South Korea meanwhile said it was monitoring the movement of missiles in the North, claiming that it had detected movement near Kusong, in North Pyongan Province. The missiles can be mounted on mobile launchers, it suspects.
A military source was quoted as saying, “Speculation of a launch taking place in the near future comes as North Korean experts have said Pyongyang will likely want to send a strong message to the next president.”
An official from Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff further added, “We are closely watching every move by the North Korean military at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site and other possible missile-launching sites. The military is fully prepared to respond to any provocative acts by the North.”
North Korea also lashed out at the U.S. for placing sanctions against its leader and the country.
U.S. had earlier this year, imposed strict sanctions on North Korea and had for the first time singled out Kim Jong Un for violation of human rights. Now, the White Paper pointed out, “U.S. has turned into the world’s biggest human rights criminal state.”
It also alleged that Obama’s push for denuclearisation in North Korea is “the President’s ambitions to build a world without nuclear weapons are part of the cesspool of history and an attempt to secure America’s monopoly on nuclear weapons.”