North Korea continues to provoke the United States and doubled-down its threat against the most powerful nation in the world.
Rodong Sinmum, the official newspaper of North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party warns of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” that could reduce the U.S. mainland into ashes.
The North Korean newspaper wrote, “In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes,” according to Reuters.
On Tuesday, North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol warned of an “all-out-war” if the the U.S. is “reckless enough to use military means” in the Korean Peninsula. He also emphasized that his government will continue its nuclear weapons program. “We will be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis,” he said.
Han added that North Korea is ready to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike if the United States is planning a military strike and encroaches on its sovereignty.
On Monday, Kim In Ryong, the Deputy Ambassador of North Korea to the United Nations, accused the United States of trying to start a thermonuclear war on the Korean Peninsula. He said his government is “ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US.”
U.S. abandons policy of strategic patience with North Korea
North Korea became more aggressive after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly stated that America’s policy of strategic patience is over during his visit to allies in Asia. He also warned the North Korean government not to test the strength of the U.S. military and President Donald Trump’s resolve.
Furthermore, Pence said “all options are on the table” to deal with Pyongyang’s threat.
In an interview with Fox Business Channel’s Maria Bartiromo, Trump said the U.S. would deploy the USS Carl Vinson carrier group to the Korean Peninsula to deter Pyongyang.
“We are sending an armada. Very powerful. We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That, I can tell you,” said Trump.
On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the U.S. must keep military options on the table when dealing with North Korea, during his visit to Britain to reassure allies of America’s commitment to NATO.
“Allowing this dictator to have that kind of power is not something that civilized nations can allow to happen … of course we don’t want to have military options employed, but we must keep all options on the table,” said Ryan.
U.S. reviewing ways to pressure North Korea
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Trump administration wants to compel the North Korean President Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table.
“We are reviewing all the status of North Korea both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism, as well as all the other ways we can bring pressure to bear on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage, but re-engage with us on a different footing than the past talks have been held,” said Tillerson.
The United States government believes that China plays a critical role to convince and pressure Pyongyang to stop its nuclear weapons program. China wants to resolve the problem in the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently said, “We know the situation is tense. The more tense things are; the more calm we need to be to find the opportunities and possibilities for dialogue.”
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