North Korea appears unthreatened by the warning of the United States regarding its nuclear weapons program. In fact, the communist country vowed to continue testing its missiles and expressed its readiness for an “all-out-war” in the event of U.S. military aggression.
In an interview with BBC on Tuesday, North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol said, “If the United States is reckless enough to use military means it would mean from that very day, an-all-out-war. Our nuclear weapons protect us from that threat. We will be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.”
Yesterday, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea not to test the strength of the U.S. military and the resolve of President Donald Trump. Pence pointed out the recent actions of the U.S. in Syria and Afghanistan demonstrated the power of the U.S. military and Trump’s resolve.
North Korea is ready to react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike
When BBC’s John Sudworth asked Han’s message for Trump, he said, “I would tell him that if the United States encroaches on our sovereignty, then it will provoke an immediate counter-reaction. If the USA is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method.”
North Korea has been aggressive in developing and testing its nuclear weapons over the past few years. The communist country aims to become a nuclear state to protect itself from the United States. Its Foreign Ministry previously expressed that its government is “not interested at all in any dialogue to discuss the issue of making it freeze or dismantle its nukes unilaterally.”
A peaceful resolution for the Korean peninsula
Meanwhile, Pence reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shonzo Abe that the United States’ support for Japan is 100% amid the increasing provocations from North Korea.
The U.S. Vice President reiterated that the “era of strategic patience is over.” However, he also said, “While options all options are on the table, President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region and with China to achieve a peaceable resolution and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
Pence and Abe believe that it is important to convince China to play a bigger role in putting a pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. Pyongyang continues to threaten to destroy Japan, South Korea, and the United States with its missiles.
On the other hand, China believes that the problem in the Korean Peninsula should be resolved in a peaceful manner.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi 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.”
Mr. Wang believes that United States is “willing to use political and diplomatic means to resolve” the problem in the Korean Peninsula. He added, “This is their first choice.”
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