49 nations have violated UN sanctions on North Korea

Yolanda Curtis
December 10, 2017

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen markedly in recent months after North Korea's latest missile and nuclear tests, conducted in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions and worldwide condemnation.

The United States has flown a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea in part of a massive combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes, a clear warning after North Korea last week tested its biggest and most powerful missile yet. The spokesperson was quoted as saying: "The remaining question now is: 'When will the war break out?'"

The spokesperson also mentioned Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo who said on Saturday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un does not have a good idea of how tenuous his position is.

The ministry viewed that North Korea is faced with growing uncertainty and anxiety within the regime due to strong long-standing global sanctions. Pompeo's remarks infuriated the North Korean regime at the time, and they have done so again. "We are not hoping for a war but we are also not hiding from one". USA officials also contend that freezing out North Korea could drive it to the negotiating table.

The Pentagon said it has "no intent" to move any dependants out of the country.

According to KCNA, North Korea noted in the meetings with the United Nations diplomat that the "present tense situation" on the Korean peninsula "is entirely ascribable to the US hostile policy and nuclear threat and blackmail". The United States stations 28,500 troops in the South, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Weapons tests by North Korea have prompted the security council to pass two sets of sanctions blocking about 90% of that nation's reported exports, including coal and seafood, as well as imports of some oil products.

It also notes that worldwide pressure on North Korea has proven effective, as several countries cut trade and diplomatic ties with Pyongyang.

The UN's top official for political affairs, undersecretary general Jeffrey Feltman, left North Korea on Saturday after a visit that sought to ease tensions over the country's nuclear weapons program.

"Feltman met North Korean Foreign Minister Ri on Thursday, following his meeting with the vice foreign minister a day earlier", KCNA said.

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