Japan’s ministers are talking tougher and tougher when it comes to North Korea in these past few days.
Just last week, defence minister Itsunori Onodera put the possibility on the table that Japan would be purchasing nuclear weapons from the US in order to defend itself against the North Korean regime of Kim Jung Un.
And today, Minister Onodera sided with the US in full in backing the proposal put forth by the US at the United Nations security council to make fresh sanctions against North Korea, more specifically targeting their oil supplies.
Minister Onodera said on Japan’s public broadcaster Onodera that: “Japan’s security environment including North Korea is increasingly grave – perhaps it’s the most serious state in the post-war period. If North Korea-bound oil, mainly coming from China, decreases through pressure by the international community, it will be difficult for North Korea to operate its missile brigades.”
Meanwhile in North Korean, public broadcasters distributed pictures of a cheerful Kim, who threw a banquet for nuclear scientists and technicians to celebrate the hydrogen bomb test.
The North Korean state-run daily newspaper Rodong Sinmun stated in an editorial that Pyongyang was a confirmed nuclear power as from now and it praised the leader for his heroic “defences to protect the Korean peninsula from invasion.”
The party won’t last too long, because the US is circulating a draft resolution at the United Nations already which, if accepted, would bar any crude oil shipments to North Korea, and ban Pyongyang’s exports of textiles, which would seriously cut their GDP and thus Kim’s options to purchase raw materials needed to produce more bombs.
Normally draft proposals get watered down during negotiations, but given the seriousness of the situation, the US leadership is more than willing to risk a veto of its proposal. Any country that would veto the US proposal at this time, can only be seen as an ally to North Korea.
To be continued we are sure.