The latest round of U.N. sanctions may have made Kim Jong Un’s country significantly poorer, but it certainly didn’t make its leader’s regime any saner.
On Saturday, a North Korean state media outlet promised “to end the US” over, among other things, the sanctions and the United States’ decision to fly two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula in a “show of force.”
The sanctions, enacted under Resolution 2371, were passed unanimously by a 15-0 vote of the United Nations Security Council, including affirmative votes from China and Russia. According to CNN, the new round of sanctions would cut North Korea’s $3 billion export market by one-third.
“This is a hysteric fit of those taken aback by the DPRK’s continued demonstration of nuclear attack capabilities,” an insane editorial by the state-run Korean Central News Agency published the same day as the sanctions read.
“The more desperately the U.S. works to realize its ambition for ‘nuclear dismantlement of the north’ through ‘maximum pressure and engagement,’ the more dynamically the DPRK has stepped up diversifying and modernizing the nuclear force before the U.S. and its vassal forces come to their senses.”