NoKo threatens 'final destruction' of South Korea
It is refreshing to find a country that tells us exactly what they are thinking and what they plan to do.
Take North Korea, for instance. At a UN Conference on Disarmament, the North Korean diplomat made a little speech that opened a few eyes:
North Korea threatened South Korea with "final destruction" during a debate at the U.N Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday, saying it could take "second and third steps" after a nuclear test last week.
"As the saying goes, a new-born puppy knows no fear of a tiger. South Korea's erratic behavior would only herald its final destruction," North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong told the meeting.
Without specifically referring to the nuclear test, Jon said North Korea had recently taken a "resolute step for self-defence", which he described as "strong counter-actions to a foreign aggressor".
"If the U.S. takes a hostile approach toward the DPRK to the last, rendering the situation complicated, it (North Korea) will be left with no option but to take the second and third stronger steps in succession," he added, without elaborating.
His comments drew immediate criticism from other nations, including South Korea and Britain, whose ambassador Joanne Adamson said such language was "completely inappropriate" and the discussion with North Korea was heading in the wrong direction.
"It cannot be allowed that we have expressions which refer to the possible destruction of U.N. member states," she said.
U.S. Ambassador Laura Kennedy said she found North Korea's statement profoundly disturbing.
"I also was particularly struck by the phrase 'heralding the destruction of the Republic of Korea' and find that language incredibly inconsistent with the goals and objectives that this body is intended to pursue," she said.
I don't know what's more alarming - North Korea's words or the milquetoast reaction by other ambassadors. The proper course of action would have been to walk out and demand that North Korea apologize and fire their representative.
But that just won't do and more expressions of "outrage" will probably follow.
This is the kind of thing we have to look forward to while there is a nuclear armed North Korea. No doubt Iran will rival the NoKo's in their incendiary and eliminationist rhetoric once they get the bomb too.
Having the world's most destructive weapon fall into the hands of the world's most irresponsible nations will cause us to regret it someday.