India-Japan Summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday condemned North Korea’s continued development of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes. Calling for strict enforcement of an UN resolution against North Korea over its latest nuclear test, Abe said India and Japan are in full agreement on this. “I’d like to appeal to the world, together with Prime Minister Modi, that we need to have North Korea change its policy through the thorough implementation of the newly adopted Security Council resolution by the international community,” he said.
The 15-member United Nations Security Council on Monday unanimously voted on a U.S.-drafted resolution and a new round of sanctions against North Korea in response to the latest and most powerful test carried out by Pyongyang. The UNSC resolution banned North Korea’s textile exports and capped fuel supplies.
The statement on North Korea from Modi and Abe came hours after a fresh threat from North Korea was reported.
New North Korean threat
On Thursday, a North Korean state agency threatened nuclear strikes against Japan and the United States. Pyogyang’ Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, which looks after North’s external ties and propaganda, said it will “sink” Japan and reduce the US to “ashes and darkness” for supporting the UNSC resolution. The agency also called for the breakup of UNSC, terming it “a tool of evil” made up of countries “money-bribed” by the US. “The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us,” the agency said in a statement published by North’s official KCNA news agency.
According to Reuters, Juche is the ruling ideology of North Korea that mixes Marxism and an extreme form of nationalism preached by state founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of the current leader, Kim Jong Un.
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said the US is not intimidated by North Korean threat. During his visit to a North Dakota nuclear weapons base, Mattis gave a subtle message that the US is a mature nuclear power, not intimidated by Pyongyang’s nuclear attack threats.
UN chief for political solution
Meanwhile, UN chief Antonio Guterres
has called for a political solution to the current situation on the Korean peninsula.