And I quote, It will be better for the Security Council of the United Nations to congratulate the DPRK scientists and researchers instead of doing such notorious, useless and rigorous resolutions or whatever,”

Come on down Pak Gil Yon, North Korea’s U.N. ambassador.

More American and Japanese reactions to the test are pouring forth.

No action yet but just wait… The United States ambassador to the world body [the U.N.], John Bolton, said that Washington sought action under Chapter Seven of the UN charter, setting in motion a process that could lead to sanctions and eventually the use of force.”

Living here, I haven’t had the chance to talk to many people about what’s been happening, but if the press reaction is anything to go by, a lot of people are worried that this could get out of control. Prime Minister Abe’s response has been stern but not inflammatory. He’s having to tread a very precarious path very early on in his tenure as P.M. – hopefully he’ll do a good job.

But what to do exactly? I don’t know. Part of me thinks that N. Korea should be shut out or bombed. Part of me feels that China and Russia need to do more to get N. Korea back to the negotiating table. Part of me feel feels that an arms race is inevitable since the nuclear genie is out of the bottle in this part of the world.

I know there are some politicians here who are calling for the Japanese SDF to develop nuclear weapons as a deterent. Now, if the only country who has been bombed by nuclear weapons is calling to go nuclear itself (and it still has a pacifist constitution at the moment) you know things are very serious indeed. There’s no question about Japan’s ability to go nuclear quickly. It has many nuclear power stations, has very close military and economic ties with the U.S., and is paranoid about North Korean influence and the dangers it poses to peace in this region. All make for a recipe for , if not disaster, then certainly very ‘interesting’ times ahead.

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