NORTH KOREAN leader Kim Jong-un has put his country on red alert after declaring the rogue nation as being in a state of “quasi war”.
According to Pyongyang’s own security levels, ‘quasi-war’ status is just one step below ‘state of war’ and requires all civilians to take special measures in preparation for conflict.
They include producing war materials and moving into shelters in case of a nuclear attack.
But a week after Kim announced the security status, life has reportedly continued as normal in the secretive country.
Kim Jong Un has declared a state of
“So some residents assumed that a major provocation was at hand.
“Even though residents were instructed to stay where they are and be alert at all times at the ‘inminban’ [North Korea’s equivalent to a Neighbourhood Watch] meeting after the quasi-war status was declared, nothing unusual occurred.”
Despot Kim drew condemnation from all over the world after conducting North Korea’s sixth and biggest nuclear test on September 3.
Equally, experts suggest the measure would also quell any public agitation at the leader’s obsessive pursuit of nuclear capabilities, by creating a fresh sense of outside threat.
The UN Security Council was set to decide on a watered-down US-drafted resolution to impose new measures on North Korea over its latest nuclear test.
Donald Trump’s administration pushed to impose even tougher sanctions on Pyongyang following the firing of a ballistic missile over mainland Japan followed by the hydrogen bomb test.
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A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry claimed the US was “going frantic” to manipulate the Security Council following the escalation of North Korea’s weapons programme.
He said: “In case the US eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful ‘resolution’ on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the US pays due price.”