North Korea Threatens U.S. With “All Out War” and “Weekly Missile Tests” – New American
Written by Warren Mass
North Korea’s Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryal asserted that it is “crystal clear” that U.S. President Donald Trump is “hell bent” on prompting war with North Korea, adding, “A nuclear war could break out at any moment on the Korean Peninsula.”
The North Korean went on to state, during an interview with the BBC’s John Sudworth in Pyongyang, “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.” Taking an increasingly bold tone, Han told the BBC, “If the U.S. is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method.”
Han told the BBC that North Korea believed its nuclear weapons “protect” it from the threat of U.S. military action. “If the U.S. is reckless enough to use military means it would mean from that very day, an all-out war,” he threatened.
The emboldened North Korean rhetoric was also delivered at a news conference at the UN on April 17, where North Korean Ambassador Kim In-ryong condemned the April 6 U.S. missile strikes in Syria, which targeted an air base following an alleged chemical attack by Syria’s government.
Kim said the United States was “disturbing global peace and stability and insisting on the gangster-like logic that its invasion of a sovereign state is decisive and just and proportionate and contributes to defending the international order.”
Pyongang’s UN ambassador also accused the United States of turning the Korean Peninsula into “the world’s biggest hot spot” and creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment.”
Kim told a news conference that “if the U.S. dares opt for a military action,” North Korea “is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.”
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