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South Korea's Leader Calls for Tougher Response to North’s Nuclear Tests

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The international community must take strong measures against North Korea after a new nuclear test, South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday.

TOKYO (Sputnik) South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye warned that, "if strong and effective measures are not taken this time, the international community could send the wrong signal to North Korea that it can't help it if North Korea conducts a fifth or sixth nuclear test," according to Yonhap news agency.

Pyongyang claimed on January 6 that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. The United Nations previously imposed sanctions on North Korea for the three tests it carried out in 2006, 2009 and 2013. The nuclear bomb tested by North Korea in 2013 yielded a 6-9 kiloton blast (equivalent to the detonation of 6-9 tons of dynamite), according to South Korean estimates. For comparison's sake, the bomb that destroyed the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945 had a yield of 15 kt. Hydrogen bombs are considerably more powerful; 'Ivy Mike', the first hydrogen bomb ever tested, yielded a 10.4 megaton detonation, 1,000 times that of the bomb North Korea tested in 2013.

The UN is considering a new resolution to impose tighter sanctions on the North. Park, who met with his country's Cabinet on Tuesday, asked officials to step up cooperation with the United States and regional powers to come up with response measures against Pyongyang.

 

 

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  • Huh?
    Two words for the talking head...shut up.

    War 1950-53
    Complicated history 1950-?

    The Korean War had long-lasting consequences for the entire region. Though it failed to unify the country, the United States achieved its larger goals, including preserving and promoting NATO interests and defending Japan. The war also resulted in a divided Korea and complicated any possibility for accommodation between the United States and China. The Korean War served to encourage the U.S. Cold War policies of containment and militarization, setting the stage for the further enlargement of the U.S. defense perimeter in Asia. These Cold War policies would eventually lead the United States to regional actions that included its attempts at preventing the fall of Vietnam to communism.
  • hopscotch64
    What else did anyone think she was going to say. Of course this puppet is singing the US line because Park does not want a settlement to the Korean dispute other than the strangulation of the DPRK into submission and reunification under the control of the US and South Korea to be used as a pressure point and front line against China. But what is amazing is that so far the US and South Korea has been able to get China to in a limited way help them accomplish this goal. Now this sinister alliance wants greater sanctions or even war to accomplish their goals. The DPKR is very specific about how it is willing to denuclearize and that condition is an end to the US/South Korea constant aggression and a peace agreement to end the Korean War. Why these conditions cannot be met after 65 years by the US/South Korean governments is beyond my comprehension.
  • michael
    yes, somebody else do something! Do I hear an exceptional demanding tone in her words? :)
  • tobi.gelando
    South Korea Leaders have provoke North Korea with help from the USA and that for more as 40 Years. To my opinion to keep the South Korean people under pressure so the South Korean Leaders and the USA can do what ever there need.
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