North Korea's ailing leader, Kim Jung Il, has now gone way beyond his usual rhetoric and jive-talking––which earned him, and his country, a place as one of the Axis of Evil nations under the Bush administration. In an official threat to the United States of America, North Korea's Dear Leader declared it was now in the "early phase of all-out confrontation with the US"... raising tensions between the two countries to a very dangerous level.
Angered because of a new round of sanctions that the United Nations ordered against his country for the recent testing of a second nuclear missile, Kim Jung Il has now decided to take the less-than-150-day-in office-President Barack Obama head on. According to Peter Foster of the Telegraph.co.uk:
In a bellicose statement, Pyongyang described the sanctions as the "vile product" of US policy in the region, adding that it would also begin work enriching uranium as it sought to build up stocks of fissile material for its nuclear weapons programme.
The North is thought to have approximately 8,000 spent plutonium fuel rods which, if reprocessed, could yield 6-8kg of high-grade plutonium, or enough to make at least one more nuclear bomb.
The sanctions have also authorised UN member-states to stop and search North Korean vessels on the high seas if they suspect they are carrying banned nuclear or missile components, a measure that has drawn particular ire from Pyongyang. North Korea replied that any attempt to blockade its ships would be regarded "as an act of war and met with a decisive military response", and promised to meet any confrontation with "all-out confrontation".
The belligerent response to the sanctions order, which explicitly rules out the use of military force, was anticipated by the US which has sought to downplay tensions, repeatedly calling for Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table." www.telegraph.co.uk
Now, I am all for talking and negotiating, and trying to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner... but when a 67-year old, sick, dictator like Kim Jung Il tells a 46-year old, black leader of the free world that "any attempt to blockade its ships would be regarded 'as an act of war' and met with a decisive military response"... and then goes on to promise to meet any confrontation with 'all-out confrontation'" ... them's fighting words anyway you look at it.
President Obama has put forth his noble, gentleman, Rodney King 'why-can't-we-all-get-along' position, but North Korea's Dear Leader is using his clenched fist to pat his butt at Obama and America... and that is unacceptable!!!
The world is watching us. It's time for President Obama to do something––not SAY something–– to let this rogue leader, and all other leaders across the globe who may want to try similar actions against this great nation–– that 'Barack Hussein Obama don't play'!
C'mon now. Do something Obama...