North Korea threatened to launch a nuclear strike (preemptive) against the United States The inflammatory words are common for North Korea especially since the level of sanctions are being discussed against Pyongyang because of their recent nuclear tests. Feeling that Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war with North Korea, unnamed sources in Pyongyang mentioned destroying the strongholds of the aggresssors by a preemptive nuclear strike.
The train of thought that North Korea (talks of nuclear bombs and preemptive strikes) haven't mastered the ability to design a warhead small enough to place on a missile that can reach the US is out the window. If they have enough nuclear fuel, why not have parallel research to design a hypersonic missile to carry their nuclear payload (crude/dirty bomb/refined). Even though the inflammatory words are being directed at the US today, one can understand why they are angry because of a new round of sanctions, along with the US-South Korean exercises. The U.S.South Korea military exercises were protested at a rally in Pyongyang with tens of thousands of North Koreans in attendance. Army General Kang Pyo stated the long range missiles aimed at the US are ready for launch. They have the technology to place small diversified nuclear warheads on their intercontinental ballistic and other missiles, with claims to engulf the stronghold of evil with a sea of fire (United States).
The nuclear and ballistic missiles forced the U.N. Security Council to consider a fourth round of sanctions against Pyongyang. Legal drafting of the document was by the United States and China (North Korea's closest ally), followed by a resolution to vote in 48 hours and later signed in the hopes that it will have the support of all 15 council members. The North Korean Foreign Ministry accused the U.S. of being the instigator of the fourth round of sanctions. Further retort mentioned the timing will be advanced for North Korea to honor previous vows and take a strong second and third countermeasures against their enemies (didn't define those measures).
The U.N. Security Council was reminded by of it's military and political history by North Korea not to make a mistake like the past earning it the inverterate grudge of the Korean nation by acting as a war servant to the US in 1950. Immediate dismantlement of the American-led U.N. Command based in Seoul, and ending the defacto state of war existing on the Korean peninsula, which is a culmination of six decades after the fighting stopped by the armistice, instead of the peace treaty, which ended the war claimed North Korea. Threats to end the 1953 cease fire that ended the Korean War, was made by North Korea (earlier this week) if the resolution was adopted.
Threats and tensions have increased by North Korea because of a rocket launch by Pyongyang in December with their third nuclear test on February 12, 2013. These acts defied the U.N. Security Council's three security resolutions barring North Korea from the testing of and using nuclear or ballistic missile technology and from the importation of material for these programs. U.S. UN Ambassador Susan Rice proposed resolutions deemed the strongest ever ordered by the United Nations. Released Wednesday was the final version of the resolution draft identifying three individuals, one corporation and one organization added to the UN sanctions list upon approval of the measure. The targets of the resolution are the companys top arms dealer (top executives), and major exporter of ballistic missile related equipment, along with a national group that is responsible for the research and development of missiles and alleged nuclear weapons. Enforcement by China is key to the new round of sanctions since most of the companies and banks of North Korea are in their country.
Closer to the goal of nuclear tests makes North Korea closer to their goal of gaining nuclear missiles reaching the U.S. is a concern of the United States and other nations. The poor people of North Korea could face a drain of their resources because of the regime's missiles and nuclear technology forcing condemnation by the United States along with other nations of the U.N. Security Council. The legally drafted Resolution by the United States and China states, "condemnation of the nuclear test in the strongest terms for violating and flagrantly disregarding council resolutions, bans, further ballistic missile launches, nuclear tests or any other provocation, and demands that North Korea return to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty". Under that resolution is also the condemnation of their uranium enrichment.
A peaceful, diplomatic, and political solution is sought by the six party talks to denuclearizing the Korean peninsula in a peaceful gesture. The resoution aims to strengthen the existng sanctions and the suspect cargo going into and out of the country, and also forcing North Korea to have problems moving around the necessary funds to carry out it's illicit programs (ban exporting countries from sending luxury goods such as jewelry, racing cars, luxury automobiles, yachts, semi and precious stones, and precious metals). Amendments to the draft include freezing financial transactions or services contributing to their nuclear missile services.
Creative methods to move around those funds have been large suitcases filled with cash (using bulk cash transfers to evade sanctions). Concerns for the freeze on financial transactions (violation of the sanctions) could apply to all cash transfers and cash couriers. The resolution calls for any contribution to North Korea's nuclear or missile programs via public financial support for trade deals-granting export credits, guarantees and insurance. It further imposes new travel sanctions requiring countries to remove agents working for sanctioned North Korean companies. Inspection of suspected cargo on their territory and the prevention of any vessel refusing inspection from entering the ports is another aim of the draft. Further amendments to the draft will deny aircraft permission to take off, land or fly over their territory if illegal cargo is suspected to be aboard.
An Abraham Lincoln University Law Scholar suggested, 1) North Korea is a sovereign nation with it's territorial governance which we should respect, 2) amend the UCC Commercial International Code to reflect financial transactions limited to the protocols (conditions for determination of assets directly and indirectly going to North Korea for their nuclear and ballistic missiles) by tracking the funds from origin to destination so that the cash transfers and cash couriers are rerouted to justifiable programs, 3) draft an amendment to include North Korea-giving them a voice in the policy, 4) modeling is needed for the predicted trajectories and fallout from the nuclear intercontinental missile attacks, 5) meet on neutral ground to discuss this policy, 6) get feedback(surveys, etc.) from North and South Korea's population (positive or negative input) and write a brief using predictive and persuasive analysis models to combat this problem, and 7) work with North Korea to rejoin the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty. Where is Dennis Rodman when we don't need him.