North Korea’s Sixth Nuclear Test Raises the Fear of War

The latest major nuclear test by the North Korean regime has alarmed the international community including the U.S., Japan, South Korea, and China.

The UN Security Council had an emergency meeting after North’s ‘successful’ hydrogen bomb test.

The experts think that the Security Council after the newly tested hydrogen bomb by the North Korea is considering “banning Pyongyang’s textile exports, and the country’s national airline, stop supplies of oil to the government and military.”

The UN Security Council is likely to pursue a travel ban on top North Korean officials and blacklist them by freezing their assets.

Kim is Begging for War: The United States

The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has said in the council’s emergency meeting that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s “abusive use of missiles, and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war.”

Nikki Haley said that the U.S. is done with patience with the North Korean and  it will defend its allies from North Korean regime’s threats. She said, “War is never something the United States wants. We don’t want it now. But our country’s patience is not unlimited. We will defend our allies and our territory.”

“His abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war – Nikki Haley.”

Ambassador Haley said that the North Korean regime is preparing another ICBM launch. “They now claim to have tested a hydrogen bomb. And just this morning, there are reports that the regime is preparing for yet another ICBM launch,” said Ambassador Nikki Haley.

She said the incremental approach has failed. “We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked.”

Nikki Haley said, “To the members of the Security Council, I must say, enough is enough.”

She regretted that the efforts to solve the crisis in a peaceful means haven’t worked. She said that the U.S. “engaged in numerous direct and multilateral talks with the North Korean regime, and time after time, they have not worked.”

“We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked.”

Haley said that the time for half measures in the Security Council is over. “The time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it’s too late.”

Nikki Haley urged the UNSC members for strong measures to stop the North from further tests. “We must now adopt the strongest possible measures,” said Haley.

In her speech to the UN Security Council emergency meeting, Nikki refused to accept Kim’s stance as defensive. She said, “He wants to be acknowledged as a nuclear power. But being a nuclear power is not about using those terrible weapons to threaten others. Nuclear powers understand their responsibilities. Kim Jong-Un shows no such understanding.”

“We must now adopt the strongest possible measures.”

In an additional speech, Nikki said that the North has slapped everyone in the face “in the international community that has asked them to stop, so the United States will be circulating a resolution that we want to negotiate this week and vote on Monday.”

Russia and China Want Peace in the Korean Peninsula

Chinese ambassador to the UN, Liu Jieyi said, “We strongly urge North Korea to face up to the firm will of the international community on the issue of denuclearization of the (Korean) Peninsula and earnestly abide by the relevant resolutions of the Council.” “China will never allow chaos and war on the (Korean) Peninsula,” added Liu Jieyi.

Russia expressed worry that the Korean Peninsula’s peace is in jeopardy.  Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said, “A comprehensive settlement to the nuclear and other issues plaguing the Korean Peninsula can be arrived at solely through political diplomatic channels.”

South Korea Wants ‘Biting’ Resolution against the North

South Korea’s Ambassador to the UN Cho Tae-Yul said that the resolutions against the North should be “truly biting.”

Tae-Yul said, “Now is the time to take measures that are strong and robust enough to compel North Korea to seriously engage in dialogue. The new resolution must include not only additional measures to further block funds that could possibly flow into North Korea’s illegal nuclear program, but also truly biting and robust measures that Pyongyang finds very painful.”

The South Korean President Talks with the World Leaders

The South Korean President Moon has talked with world leaders after the North Korean regime tested the recent major missile successfully.  Moon asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel to “continue to play an active role as one of the key European Union (EU) member states in helping the U.N. Security Council to adopt additional sanctions against the North.” In response, the German leader vowed to fully cooperate on these points.

The leaders of Korea and the U.S. decided to “scrap a warhead weight limit on Korea’s missiles” in the phone conversation.

“We agreed that only diplomatic means can solve the nuclear weapons problem on the Korean Peninsula. Let’s talk more about this issue at the upcoming Korea-Russia summit in Vladivostok on Sept. 6,” Putin said.

The U.S. President Warns All Out Trade Ban on the North

The U.S. President Trump has boasted that his words came true that the talk of appeasement with the North Korea won’t work. He wrote in several tweets, “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States….. North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.”

“The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.”

“South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!” he added.

“The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea,” asserted Mr. Trump.

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Masum Billah is a Staff Writer for The GeoStrategists. A Graduate from the Department of International Relations at the University of Dhaka, Masum Billah is a human rights activist. He writes columns on human rights, foreign policy, and terrorism.
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