Thursday, April 14, 2005

Condi Rice Arrogance Riles North Korea

So I guess Condoleezza Rice's nonchalant arrogance isn't playing well in North Korea. From AP this morning, some scary words....

North Korea's No. 2 leader said Thursday the communist nation will increase its nuclear deterrent to defend against the alleged threat of a U.S. invasion, and ordered citizens to defend the regime "at the cost of their lives."

The United States has repeatedly said it has no intention to invade despite an ongoing standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. The secretive nation claimed in February to possess atomic weapons and said it would boycott international disarmament talks. Last month, it said it had bolstered its nuclear arsenal.

"We will continue increasing our self-defensive nuclear deterrent against the enemies' policy to isolate and stifle the republic," Kim Yong Nam, head of the North's legislature, said at a meeting honoring the birthday of founding President Kim Il Sung.

"If the U.S. imperialists recklessly set the fire of war on the Korean Peninsula despite our repeated warnings ... we will mercilessly and completely destroy the invaders so they won't live again," Kim was quoted as saying by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.
Pyongyang has demanded that Washington apologize for remarks by Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice describing North Korea as one of the world's "outposts of tyranny."

In an interview published Thursday in The Wall Street Journal, Rice said North Korea's recent declaration that it had nuclear weapons was a bid for attention.

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