Saturday North Korea announced a state of war existed with South Korea and Sunday the country's leader, Kim Jong-Un, has maintained a tough stance. At a meeting of the ruling Worker's Party Sunday, chaired by Kim, party members reaffirmed the country's commitment to its nuclear arsenal. Until the rest of the world surrenders its nuclear capabilities North Korea will continue to expand its nuclear capabilities.
North Korea's recent nuclear testing activity attracted tough sanctions from the international community but the country's response remains no surrender. North Korean leaders, in the capital Pyongyang, said atomic weapons would never be exchanged for aid, describing them as a "national treasure".
With North Korea warning South Korea and Washington that any provocation will rapidly escalate the situation, it is a tense time.
KCNA, North Korea's state news agency, reports that members at Sunday's committee meeting decided to invest in the development of a "light water reactor, as part of a civilian nuclear power industry, to ease electricity shortages". Nuclear experts maintain that such facilities could soon be adapted to make fuel for nuclear weapons, the same arguments western leaders use against Iran's nuclear program.
According to Sky News the committee "reiterated that its atomic weapons were not a bargaining chip"."They are a treasure of a reunified country which can never be traded with billions of dollars," KCNA quoted the committee as saying.
Party members attending the meeting "vowed to push for nuclear development, boost both agriculture and living standards and develop space science and technology, including launching more advanced satellites".
North Korea bears no relation to western countries. It may as well be on the moon. This means that second guessing such a nation is difficult, if not impossible.
Can westerners understand North Koreans? We are all just people after all. However, that is a simplistic view and far from the truth. Kim Jong-Un is a young leader who has led an isolated life. His advisers appear extremists. Kim and a select few show physical traits of good living. That cannot be said for the people of North Korea. Most North Koreans are thin, bordering on skinny but they are devoted to their leader, at least on the face of it.Would they follow Kim to the ends of the earth? Probably. Could the same be said of westerners and their leaders? Probably not.
Trying to sort out the propaganda and bluff from reality is tricky. Each move and counter move currently endangers peace. Sooner or later something will have to give. At this moment in time Kim Jong-Un is not for turning.