N. Korea Tells U.N. “˜Hostile’ U.S. Policy Increased Tensions with South

Rachel Oswald, Global Security Newswire
See more stories about...
Rachel Oswald, Global Security Newswire
Oct. 1, 2013, 11:02 a.m.

WASH­ING­TON — North Korea in a Tues­day speech at the United Na­tions blamed “hos­tile” U.S. policies for this past spring’s heightened Korean Pen­in­sula ten­sions.

“The re­peated vi­cious cycle of mount­ing ten­sion on the Korean Pen­in­sula has its roots in the hos­tile policy of the U.S.” to­ward North Korea, North Korean Vice For­eign Min­is­ter Pak Kil Yon said in an ad­dress to the U.N. Gen­er­al As­sembly, ac­cord­ing to his pre­pared re­marks.

Out­raged by the United States and South Korea’s tra­di­tion­al spring joint mil­it­ary man­euvers, North Korea in April re­tali­ated by de­ploy­ing bal­list­ic mis­siles to its coast and warn­ing re­peatedly that it was on the verge of launch­ing nuc­le­ar at­tacks. Re­gion­al ten­sions gradu­ally cooled, though the ex­per­i­ence con­trib­uted to Wash­ing­ton’s de­cision to field ad­di­tion­al mis­sile in­ter­cept­ors in Alaska.

Pak also re­newed his gov­ern­ment’s griev­ances with the harsh sanc­tions im­posed upon it by the Se­cur­ity Coun­cil as pun­ish­ment for its re­cent mis­sile and nuc­le­ar tests.

“Un­der the ma­nip­u­la­tion of the United States, the for­cible ad­op­tion last Janu­ary of the un­fair ‘sanc­tions res­ol­u­tion’ was con­duc­ted by mak­ing an is­sue of our le­git­im­ate satel­lite launch,” Pak said.

He was re­fer­ring to North Korea’s Decem­ber launch of a long-range rock­et that was widely seen as an in­ter­con­tin­ent­al-bal­list­ic-mis­sile test. Though the rock­et fir­ing was suc­cess­ful, the North is not yet viewed as pos­sess­ing a cred­ible nuc­le­ar-armed bal­list­ic mis­sile.

The Se­cur­ity Coun­cil re­spon­ded to the launch by ex­pand­ing sanc­tions against Py­ongy­ang. After North Korea car­ried out its third nuc­le­ar test in Feb­ru­ary, the coun­cil in March upped sanc­tions again, this time aimed squarely at curb­ing the Kim Jong Un re­gime’s ac­cess to hard for­eign cur­rency.

Py­ongy­ang’s an­nu­al U.N. ad­dress offered noth­ing new to the West­ern for­eign-policy com­munity, U.S.-based ana­lysts said.

“Vice Min­is­ter Pak broke no new ground in his speech but in­stead trot­ted out the usu­al lit­any of North Korean ac­cus­a­tions of U.S. ‘hos­tile policy,’” Bruce Kling­n­er, a seni­or re­search fel­low at the con­ser­vat­ive Her­it­age Found­a­tion, told Glob­al Se­cur­ity News­wire in an e-mail. “Yet it is North Korea that re­peatedly makes threats of nuc­le­ar an­ni­hil­a­tion, raises ten­sion on the Korean Pen­in­sula, and at­tacks its neigh­bors.”

Pak, in New York, also took aim at the Se­cur­ity Coun­cil for ap­prov­ing a plan to elim­in­ate all of Syr­ia’s chem­ic­al weapons. North Korea is un­der­stood to hold a siz­able and var­ied chem­ic­al ar­sen­al and has not signed the Chem­ic­al Weapons Con­ven­tion, which for­bids their us­age.

“What is un­fold­ing in Syr­ia in the form of in­fringe­ments of its sov­er­eignty and ter­rit­ori­al in­teg­rity fur­ther breach­ing peace and sta­bil­ity, should not be al­lowed in any case,” said the vice for­eign min­is­ter, who ad­dressed the Gen­er­al As­sembly last year.

Pak did not dis­cuss his gov­ern­ment’s atom­ic weapons pro­gram or re­new Py­ongy­ang’s in­sist­ence that it has the right to pos­sess nuc­le­ar arms.

He did call for glob­al ne­go­ti­ations to “com­mence without fur­ther delay” on de­vel­op­ing a leg­al frame­work for provid­ing neg­at­ive se­cur­ity as­sur­ances to non-nuc­le­ar weapon hold­ers that they would nev­er be threatened with at­tack by na­tions pos­sess­ing such arma­ments.

Py­ongy­ang has said it is will­ing to re­turn to re­gion­al aid-for-de­nuc­lear­iz­a­tion ne­go­ti­ations but only if there are no pre­con­di­tions placed upon it.

Sung-yoon Lee, an as­sist­ant pro­fess­or of Korean Stud­ies at Tufts Uni­versity, said Py­ongy­ang uses the same rhet­or­ic in its yearly U.N. speeches for both do­mest­ic pro­pa­ganda pur­poses and in an at­tempt to gain sym­pathy from cer­tain U.N. mem­bers states, who them­selves per­ceive un­war­ran­ted ag­gress­ive­ness in U.S. for­eign-policy ac­tions.

“It’s in North Korea’s in­terests to re­peat it­self, blame the U.S. for a lot of things,” Lee said. “It’s not com­pletely a loss of fu­til­ity be­cause a lot of these [U.N. mem­ber states] would nod in agree­ment.”

What We're Following See More »
PROCEDURES NOT FOLLOWED
Trump Not on Ballot in Minnesota
2 days ago
THE LATEST
MOB RULE?
Trump on Immigration: ‘I Don’t Know, You Tell Me’
2 days ago
THE LATEST

Perhaps Donald Trump can take a plebiscite to solve this whole messy immigration thing. At a Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity last night, Trump essentially admitted he's "stumped," turning to the audience and asking: “Can we go through a process or do you think they have to get out? Tell me, I mean, I don’t know, you tell me.”

Source:
BIG CHANGE FROM WHEN HE SELF-FINANCED
Trump Enriching His Businesses with Donor Money
4 days ago
WHY WE CARE

Donald Trump "nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign." A campaign spokesman "said the increased office space was needed to accommodate an anticipated increase in employees," but the campaign's paid staff has actually dipped by about 25 since March. The campaign has also paid his golf courses and restaurants about $260,000 since mid-May.

Source:
QUESTIONS OVER IMMIGRATION POLICY
Trump Cancels Rallies
4 days ago
THE LATEST

Donald Trump probably isn't taking seriously John Oliver's suggestion that he quit the race. But he has canceled or rescheduled rallies amid questions over his stance on immigration. Trump rescheduled a speech on the topic that he was set to give later this week. Plus, he's also nixed planned rallies in Oregon and Las Vegas this month.

Source:
‘STRATEGY AND MESSAGING’
Sean Hannity Is Also Advising Trump
5 days ago
THE LATEST

Donald Trump's Fox News brain trust keeps growing. After it was revealed that former Fox chief Roger Ailes is informally advising Trump on debate preparation, host Sean Hannity admitted over the weekend that he's also advising Trump on "strategy and messaging." He told the New York Times: “I’m not hiding the fact that I want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States. I never claimed to be a journalist.”

Source:
×