North Korea has promised to strengthen its defenses and bolster its nuclear weapons program, in the face of what it perceives as yet more U.S. antagonism.
Tensions are running high as North Korea has accused the U.S. of an arms buildup in the area. Naharnet reported that Pyongyang has claimed the antagonistic behavior of the U.S. is an "open provocation" and prelude to war.
Pyongyang also criticised U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton of being reckless following the unwanted advice she directed to the new leader Kim Jong Un last Thursday.
Authorities in North Korea took exception to Clinton telling reporters Kim Jong Un could choose to bring the isolated nation into the twenty first century "Or he can continue the model of the past and eventually North Korea will change, because at some point people cannot live under such oppressive conditions - starving to death, being put into gulags and having their basic human rights denied." (Today Online)Clinton has not been alone in criticising North Korea. The Korea Times reported the Committee of Progressive Party in South Korea issued "a clear condemnation of North Korea's human rights situation, its nuclear weapons program and hereditary succession of power." The party urged that human rights in North Korea should be the priority, calling for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea.
The stance taken by North Korea this weekend is identical to its earlier threat to bolster its nucleur program in May.