Note the comments about dismantling the UN Command. This has been a consistent theme for the regime for decades. Also, if considered with the seemingly conciliatory remarks of Kim Jong-un's New Year's Day speech toward South Korea this could also illustrate the regime's decades old strategy of trying to split the alliance. The rhetoric below is nothing new. We should keep in mind the fundamentals of the regime:
Vital National Interest: survival of the Kim Family Regime
Strategic Aim: Unification of the Peninsula under regime control (thus ensuring survival)
Single condition required to achieve the strategic aim: US Troops off the Peninsula.
The above has been the foundation for all north Korean strategy since 1953.
AP/ January 14, 2013, 1:25 AM
North Korea vows to bolster war defenses
Updated 3:10 a.m. EST
PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA
North Korea vowed Monday to strengthen its defenses amid concerns the country may conduct a nuclear test as a follow-up to last month's long-range rocket launch.
Citing U.S. hostility, Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said in a memorandum that North Korea will "continue to strengthen its deterrence against all forms of war."
The memorandum carried by state media did not say what action North Korea would take to defend itself. However, North Korea has claimed the right to build atomic weapons to protect itself from the United States, which stations more than 28,000 troops in South Korea.
North Korea sent a satellite into space on Dec. 12 aboard a long-range rocket, a launch that the U.S. and its allies have criticized as a test of banned ballistic missile technology.
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