Angry that the UN Security Council has adopted a resolution condemning North Korea for its recent rocket test and tightening sanctions on Pyongyang, North Korea is now throwing its poo around its cage.
In a Foreign Ministry statement carried by KCNA, North Korea said the six-party talks and Sept 19 Joint Statement are kaput thanks to hostile American policy ™ and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula has come to and end. It also said even if there are future discussions to guarantee the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula, there would be no discussions about denuclearization.
They apparently said this less than two hours after the UNSC adopted its resolution of condemnation.
The statement also said that Pyongyang has made a final conclusion that under clear conditions in which hostile American policy ™ has changed not even a little, it is impossible to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula prior to the realization of global denuclearization. Or something like that.
Best of all, they signaled a third nuclear test might be coming, saying that they would respond to American pressure by taking arbitrary physical measures to massively strengthen their self-defensive military strength, including their nuclear deterrent.
There’s more, but I have no desire to translate/summarize it.
I’m not a CIA linguist, but I’d say the language of the statement, while bombastic, leaves a bit of wiggle room, depending on your interpretation. Or in other words, it’s an official North Korean statement on the nuclear issue. I also think a third nuclear test is a good bet.
For what it’s worth, I never thought they would abandon their nukes. At the same time, I don’t see them ever really abandoning the con that—if the price is right—they’d be willing to abandon their nuclear program. Now they want us to pay them—preferably in money and goods, but perhaps just be lifting sanctions—to get them to talk denuclearization again. Which would be a fool’s bargain, granted, but if you’re emotionally wedded to the belief that there’s a grand bargain to be struck with North Korea, this latest statement isn’t necessarily cause for you to jump from your nearest bridge.