Is North Korea trying to intimidate the world?
On Tuesday, the country announced they plan to restart a nuclear reactor that has been closed since 2007, however, they’re claiming they were seeking deterrent capacity rather than repeating recent threats to attack South Korea and the United States.
The state-owned KCNA news agency said North Korea would restart the nuclear facilities for electricity and military uses.
But for skeptics, that seems unlikely as tensions on the Korean Peninsulas and U.S. continue. The announcement comes as the U.S. bolstered its forces in the region after threats by Pyongyang to attack U.S. bases.
The country also conducted its third nuclear test in February, but it is said that the country is some years from developing nuclear weapons.
A speech by the North’s young leader Kim Jong Un, delivered on Sunday but published in full by KCNA on Tuesday, appeared to dial down the prospects of a direct confrontation with the United States as he stressed that nuclear weapons would ensure the country’s safety as a deterrent.
“Our nuclear strength is a reliable war deterrent and a guarantee to protect our sovereignty,” Kim said. “It is on the basis of a strong nuclear strength that peace and prosperity can exist and so can the happiness of people’s lives.”
We say it’s best to stay vigilant in these situations.