NORTH KOREA AGAIN WARNS OF IMMINENT WAR – Kim Jong-Un, North Korea’s dictator, has once again issued a warning to the world that war could break out ‘without notice’ and called upon his military to be ready for combat at a moment’s notice.
It is suspected that this latest round of sabre rattling is due to the recent demonstrations in Seoul, South Korea, where protesters burnt effigies of Kim Jong-Un, his late father and grandfather.
Tensions rose again after reports of new satellite images emerged which appear to show that North Korea has started producing fuel rods for its nuclear reactor.
Both the U.S and South Korea have been on alert since reports came out that Kim Jong-Un had executed his uncle and in recent days further reported to have rounded up over 200 people he was connected too.
According to reports from Al Jazeera (see article), Kim Jong-Un has instructed all combat units to be ready for military action at any time.
Last week after the execution of his uncle, a mass military parade was held in which tens of thousands of troops pledged their allegiance to Kim Jong-Un and to mark the anniversary of the death of his father and former leader of the highly secretive state.
U.S sources revealed that recent satellite images seen by the Johns Hopkins University, appeared to show facilities of a scientific research centre in North Korea that might be used for producing fuel rods for a plutonium reactor.
It is thought that these recent efforts are an attempt to modernise and restart the Yongbyon complex. The reactor at Yongbyon was put back into service earlier this year after lying dormant for approximately six years.
With the renewed activities at Yongbyon there are now heightened fears that Kim Jong-Un is working to improve upon North Korea’s nuclear weapons arsenal.
It was back in 2009 that UN inspectors were ordered out of North Korea by Kim Jong-Un father after negotiations over nuclear weapons failed.
Since 2006, North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests of which Kim Jong-Un has been responsible for two since the death of his father in 2011.
The South Korean President, Park Geun-Hye has described the latest threats from the North as ‘ominous’ and has ordered more troops to the border in order to increase security.
Park Geun-Hye went on to say that if North Korea were to make a move, South Korea would react sternly and without mercy.