North Korea’s U.N. ambassador is warning the United States and the rest of the world that his country will keep building up its nuclear arsenal regardless of sanctions, pressure or military attack, Newsmax reports.
Kim In Ryong told the Security Council on Wednesday that the “hostile policy” of the United States and its military maneuvers with South Korea in April and May are responsible for bringing the situation on the Korean Peninsula closer to the brink of nuclear war than ever before.
According to the North Korean ambassador, since then the U.S. has sent an anti-missile system to South Korea and nuclear bombers, while also imposing new sanctions and spearheading another U.N. sanctions resolution against Pyongyang. Kim said none of these measures will stop North Korea’s nuclear buildup, which he said is “key to its existence”.
Meanwhile, a recent poll has shown that 49 percent of Americans say the Trump administration should take some sort of action to punish North Korea following the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier last week.
Warmbier, a college student from Ohio who was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor in North Korea after he tried to steal a propaganda banner, was released to the U.S. in a coma two weeks ago and died the following week.
The USA Today/Suffolk University Poll released Wednesday found that 35 percent of Americans disagreed with the notion that the U.S. should punish North Korea while 16 percent said they were undecided.
Two senators are preparing legislation that would ban travel to Pyongyang because of Warmbier’s death and say that it would deprive the repressive regime of much-needed revenue.
“Sadly, because of Otto Warmbier, it’s been expedited. The American people need to know this, because it sounds exotic to go to a Hermit Kingdom, but it’s not exotic. It’s dangerous, and you’re dealing with a maniacal society”, Representative Joe Wilson said in an interview.