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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on April 18th, 2012 at 8:47 am

North Korea Threatens US Over Scrapping of Food Aid Deal

The North Koreans are continuing to use the faulty wording of the food aid agreement in order to justify their likely upcoming nuclear test:

 North Korea on Tuesday answered world condemnation of its recent rocket test with defiance, threatening “retaliatory measures” if the United States fails to deliver food aid it canceled after the failed launch.

The U.N. Security Council on Monday condemned the rocket launch, widely suspected to be a test of its capability to deliver a nuclear warhead, and ordered the world body’s sanctions committee to impose new punitive measures on the communist-ruled country.

The Obama administration announced shortly after the launch Friday that it was scrapping a Feb. 29 agreement to send 240,000 metric tons of food to North Korea, a promise made as inducement for Pyongyang to abide by previous U.N. resolutions and suspend its nuclear programs.

The Associated Press reported from Pyongyang that the Korean Central News Agency said the nation would press on with its space ambitions because it no longer feels bound by the food aid agreement, now that Washington has abandoned it.

“We have thus become able to take necessary retaliatory measures, free from the agreement,” the North Korean news agency said, citing a statement from the Foreign Ministry. “The U.S. will be held wholly accountable for all the ensuing consequences.”  [Stars & Stripes]

The retaliatory measures is widely believed to be their 3rd nuclear test.  I wouldn’t put it past them to try some other provocation along the West Sea or DMZ as well.

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  • once there
    11:37 am on April 18th, 2012 1

    What are they going to do. Their missiles don’t fly. I suspect much of their military equipment is old and broken. Sure they have a lot of manpower, but if you set up a soup kitchen and a loud speaker announcing free rice and kimchi if you put down your guns there’d probably be a line a mile long in a matter of hours.

  • Chemlightbatteries
    12:53 pm on April 18th, 2012 2

    What a bunch of short, malnourished blowhards!

  • Glans
    1:49 pm on April 18th, 2012 3

    Faulty wording? The agreement banned ballistic missile tests. They tested a ballistic missile: the United Nations Security Council and its president agree, North Korea tested a ballistic missile. Therefore North Korea clearly violated the agreement.

    It’s very sad.

  • North Korea regime knows how to play head games
    2:28 pm on April 18th, 2012 4

    Absolutely incredible that the North Korean regime knows how to up the annie on any situation that’s not in their favor to do so and play it like they are wheeling a winning poker hand.

  • Teadrinker
    6:59 pm on April 18th, 2012 5

    North Korean propaganda isn’t supposed to make sense to us as we aren’t its target. It’s all about asserting its control over every facet of life in North Korea. The message it’s trying to convey to its population is that it’s omnipotent in order to discourage dissent.

  • Lazy_Contractor
    7:55 pm on April 18th, 2012 6

    Instead of 240,000 tons of food – lets just send over 240,000 soldiers (to be stationed here).

  • Hamilton
    4:53 am on April 19th, 2012 7

    #1 Not to inflate the risk but it isn’t hard to train excellent infantry and WWII style artillery. Quantity has it’s own quality and the sub crew who grounded out on the East Coast in 1996 cut a swath of destruction as they continued their way to their original objectives.

    Cut back to the 100s of heavy artillery that target Seoul today. They don’t need to move an inch, just fire round after round into a big fat target. How many fires can the Seoul City Fire department handle at one time? Their missile program may have serious problems but their scuds work just fine as well.

    Under estimate them all you want, the ROKs are worried and so am I. Do I think NK can win? No. Can they kill millions of SK citizens? Yes.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    6:02 am on April 19th, 2012 8

    @3 – The food aid deal did not specify that space launches were banned. The State Department had a verbal agreement on this with the North Koreans. Most written agreements are meaningless with North Korea much less a verbal one. At least with a written agreement you have proof they are violating the terms with a verbal agreement it becomes one persons word against the other. It should have been written down as part of the agreement but it was not probably because the State Department was eager to get a deal done.

    I don’t think the North Koreans would have ever agreed to the deal if space launches were specified in writing. The North Korean negotiator Kim Gye-hwan probably had instructions going in that the regime inner circle would never agree to a ban on space launches and thus snookered the State Department into a verbal agreement. Why else would the State Department not have specified in writing what was clearly a loophole the North Koreans could exploit?

  • Teadrinker
    5:50 am on April 20th, 2012 9

    “I don’t think the North Koreans would have ever agreed to the deal if space launches were specified in writing.”

    Actually, I think they were going to break the deal no matter what. The deal was sign with the intent of breaking it so that they can blame the US for failing to provide what they’ve been promising for years: a prosperous economy by 2012.

  • Teadrinker
    5:51 am on April 20th, 2012 10

    I meant it was signed, not sign, of course. I type way too fast.

  • Glans
    4:00 am on May 22nd, 2012 11

    North Korea seems to be preparing for a nuclear test. Jennifer Rizzo reports for CNN with help from Paula Hancocks and with satellite images.

  • Glans
    4:01 am on May 22nd, 2012 12

    North Korea seems to be preparing for a nuclear test. Jennifer Rizzo reports for CNN with help from Paula H and with satellite images.


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