Two days into President Obama’s second term, the North Korean military is using its most aggressive rhetoric toward the United States in quite some time.
In a brazen verbal salvo - one the rogue state's first since Kim Jong-Un took power - it pledged to build up its arsenal and further nuclear testing.
In a lengthy statement released by its National Defense Commission through state-run media, North Korea wagged a finger in the face of the U.N. Security Council.
It also repeatedly challenged the U.S. role in particular insofar as pushing sanctions aimed at neutralizing the isolated, but erratic and nuclear state.
The defiant moves comes after the Security Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution that tightened sanctions against the country.
The U.N. condemned last month's rocket launch as a violation of an existing resolution; even China, one of North Korea’s few international allies, sided with the U.S.
North Korea was unmoved and tried to be threatening as always. It says:
“The U.S. is taking the lead in encroaching upon the sovereignty of the DPRK, its allies are siding with it and the U.N. Security Council [is] bereft of impartiality and balance."
As opposed to North Korea, which is always known for its balanced approach.
The most hostile language is aimed directly at the United States:
“We do not hide that a variety of satellites and long-range rockets which will be launched by the DPRK one after another," along with "a nuclear test of higher level."
This, they say, "will be carried out in the upcoming all-out action."
"A new phase of the anti-U.S. struggle that has lasted century after century will target against the U.S., the sworn enemy of the Korean people,” the statement reads.
“Settling accounts with the U.S. needs to be done with force, not with words.”
The statement challenges this “dangerous phase” in U.S. policy toward North Korea and insists that only “denuclearization” of the rest of the world will stop it.
Glyn Davies, special envoy on North Korea, reacted to the statement, and the possibility of further North Korean nuclear testing, during a visit in South Korea.
“We think that would be a mistake obviously,” Davies said. “We call on North Korea as does the entire international community not to engage in further provocations.”
Davies put the onus on North Korea to comply with the Security Council.
“This unanimous action by the Security Council makes clear that the international community is sending as strong signal to North Korea,” he said.
The provocation comes as Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) testifies before his colleagues as nominee to replace outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
That baby-faced sexy beast is really coming into his own as one of the world's most notorious despots, no? He's got a bright future ahead of him.