How will N. Korea React to UN Measures This Time Around?
If history is any indication of how North Korea will respond to the latest round of sanctions, a provocation could be on the horizon.
After the UN Security Council strengthened sanctions on Pyongyang following its intercontinental ballistic missile test in December, the regime carried out its third nuclear test just 20 days later.
But what will they do this time around?
On Thursday, North Korea warned the international community that tougher sanctions could lead to a thermonuclear war.
In recent weeks, the regime has also warned of additional nuclear tests, said they would nullify the cease-fire agreement that effectively ended the Korean War, and threatened to turn Washington D.C. into a quote "sea of fire."
Referring to the U.S. capital as a direct target is rare.
Experts have varying opinions about what the North might do.
Some say the regime could carry out some sort of provocation during the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises in the South, which end in late April.
But as is always the case with North Korea, only a select few really know what's in the cards.
The only move for Seoul and the international community, at this point, is to wait and see.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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