North Korea has warned of 'a full-fledged confrontation' with Washington, promising to conduct a rocket launch and a nuclear test targeting the US. The threats come a day after the UN Security Council expanded US-backed sanctions against Pyongyang for its rocket launch in December. Political analyst Nile Bowie says Washington is keeping up pressure because North Korea's isolation benefits Barack Obama's Asia policy.
Nile Bowie is an independent political commentator and photographer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org