UN imposes tough curbs on N Korea

The UN Security Council on Thursday voted unanimously for tough new sanctions against North Korea for its latest nuclear test, ignoring threats by the nutty nation to nuke the US. Universally regarded as a psychotic basket case, North Korea saw its closest patron China join hands with the US to draft a resolution aimed at telling Pyongyang that the international community condemns its ballistic missile and nuclear tests and its repeated violation of Security Council resolutions.

However, both Washington and Beijing remained quiet on Pakistan, the country partly responsible for North Korea’s advances in nuclear weaponry in exchange for ballistic missile technology. Like North Korea, Pakistan too is seen as building a national narrative based on paranoia and conspiracy theories. But the US is unwilling to confront it because of its perceived exigencies in Afghanistan and China prefers not to because of its usefulness against India and US.

On Wednesday, North Korea was at its bizarre best, threatening a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the US because it is using its “puppet” South Korea to prepare for denuclearizing Pyongyang. “Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest,” North Korea’s foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the official news agency.

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