Kim Jong Un Vows 'Substantial' Action
Sabre-rattling continues in Pyongyang as Japan launches new satellites
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 27, 2013 7:49 AM CST
A picture of a North Korean rocket Unha is displayed at a unification observation post in Paju near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of Panmunjom, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.   (Ahn Young-joon)

(Newser) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened top security and foreign affairs officials and ordered them to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures," state media said today, fueling speculation that he plans to push forward with a threat to explode a nuclear device in defiance of the United Nations. The meeting of top officials led by Kim underscores Pyongyang's defiant stance in protest of UN Security Council punishment for a December rocket launch.

Kim's order for firm action and the recent series of strong statements indicate he intends to conduct a nuclear test in the near future to show "he is a young yet powerful leader both domestically and internationally," says a North Korea expert. North Korea is estimated to have enough weaponized plutonium for four to eight bombs, and experts say another atomic test could take the country closer to its goal of building a warhead that can be mounted on a missile designed to strike the United States. Also today, Japan launched two intelligence satellites into orbit amid concerns about North Korea's threats. The launch was in the planning stages long before this, but underscores Japan's longstanding wariness of its neighbor's abilities and intentions.

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KooKooforCocoPuffs
Jan 28, 2013 1:34 PM CST
For chrissakes! Why do we even give NK the time of day? They're a bunch of scared children trying to prove to the world that they're all grown up. Those people live in isolation fear, and because they do, they believe everyone/everything that lives outside their borders is a monster coming to get them. If they world would fucking ignore them, that is, let them shoot their missles and beat their chests and not show a bit of interest, they would come to the table willingly - a little dose of, "I don't think about your country often enough to care what they are, or do," might go a long way in dealing with them successfully. The situation is much like a little kid wanting to be taken seriously by the older kids on the block, but that little kid hasn't grown pubes and their voice hasn't changed yet. You want to blow up the world NK? Really? Have at it. Tho, of course, you will be destroying yourself in the process. What a bunch of fearful idiots.
stlman1
Jan 27, 2013 5:20 PM CST
Oh for heavens sake! Just shoot the F##king gun or fire the missle, stop talking about it and let's get this dog and pony show over with. Then watch China come on board with 'wait, lets talk'. So much bullshit!
MSCOTTASHLEY
Jan 27, 2013 1:22 PM CST
I believe NK is a puppet of China. No one can touch NK with China right there and China encourages NK to stir up trouble. If China leveled NK no one would do anything.