Earlier this week, as the Senate and House Foreign Affairs Committees were wrestling with subtle issues surrounding the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, I mentioned that the new leadership and new membership there, and at the Office of the Secretary of State, would be facing real and important Issues in the coming months and years.
Now we are faced with a threat from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un much stronger and more immediate than any rhetoric thus far heard from belligerent Iran.
The North Korea National Defense Commission, headed by the young Jong Un himself, expressed the deeply felt hatred of Pyongyang for the United States. “We do not hide that a variety of satellites and long-range rockets which will be launched by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea one after another and a nuclear test of higher level which will be carried out by it in the upcoming all-out action, a new phase of the anti-U.S. struggle that has lasted century after century, will target against the U.S., the sworn enemy of the Korean people." The Commission pledged to “conduct a nuclear test as part of a ‘new phase’ of combat with the United States…” they boasted that the forthcoming nuclear testing would be part of a new phase of confrontation with the United States. "Settling accounts with the U.S. needs to be done with force, not with words, as it regards jungle law as the rule of its survival."
Can we call these harsh words rhetoric? Even in the event little or no substantial proof of this ill-intent is forthcoming, can we ignore these threats, formally put forward by the leader of an enemy nation?