The leaders of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) have agreed to hold high-level talks on June 1, the DPRK’s state media KCNA reported Sunday, adding that DPRK leader Kim Jong Un’s hopes were “fixed” for a potential summit next month with the US.
Image shows ROK President Moon Jae-in (R) hugging DPRK leader Kim Jong Un after their second summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on 26 May, 2018 (Source: VCG)
“The top leaders of the North and the South agreed to hold the North-South high-level talks on coming June 1 and further accelerate the talks of various fields including the ones of military authorities and Red Cross,”the KCNA reported.
Moon and Kim held their second summit at Panmunjom on Saturday afternoon.
“Panmunjom, the historical land which had once come under global spotlights as a symbol of peace for making a new start of the North-South relations and opening up a new era of reconciliation and unity, witnessed the significant meeting between the top leaders of the North and the South once again after 29 days,” KCNA confirmed.
The report added that the two leaders have agreed to meet frequently in the future.
“They shared the opinion that they would meet frequently in the future to make dialogue brisk and pool wisdom and efforts, expressing their stand to make joint efforts for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” said KCNA.
“Kim Jong Un thanked Moon Jae-in for the effort made by him for the DPRK-US summit scheduled for June 12, and expressed his fixed will on the historic DPRK-US summit talks,” said the report.
Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the delegation from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) ruling Workers’ Party in Beijing on Wednesday.
The delegation, led by Pak Thae Song, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of the DPRK, started their visit to China on Monday at the invitation of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
During the meeting, Xi told the delegation that China supports the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the development of the DPRK economy, as well as improvements to people’s livelihoods in the country.
His words: “This visit is not only a concrete measure of implementing the important consensus of my two earlier meetings with Kim Jong Un, but also an important interaction between the two parties.”
Xi added that the meeting embodies the high importance to strengthen exchanges and mutual learning between the two parties and to deepen friendly cooperation between China and the DPRK.
“I wish your country new and greater achievements in promoting economic and social development under the leadership of Kim Jong Un,” Xi noted.
Kim Jong Un paid an unofficial visit to China from March 25 to March 28 and the two leaders met in Dalian, northeast China’s Liaoning Province, on May 7-8.
Xi also stressed that China supports the efforts to improve DPRK-ROK relations and promote dialogue between the DPRK and the US.
Pak Thae Song said that the visit aims to implement the important consensus of the top leaders of the two parties and to learn from the experience of China’s economic construction and reform and opening-up.
“We wish the visit will contribute to the strengthening of the friendship between the two parties and the two countries,” he added.
North Korea violated United Nations sanctions to earn nearly $200 million in 2017 from banned commodity exports, according to a confidential report by independent U.N. monitors, which also accused Pyongyang of supplying weapons to Syria and Myanmar.
The report to a U.N. Security Council sanctions committee, seen by Reuters on Friday, said North Korea had shipped coal to ports, including in Russia, China, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam, mainly using false paperwork that showed countries such as Russia and China as the coal origin instead of North Korea.
The 15-member council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, banning exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.
“The DPRK (North Korea) is already flouting the most recent resolutions by exploiting global oil supply chains, complicit foreign nationals, offshore company registries and the international banking system,”the U.N. monitors wrote in the 213-page report.
The North Korean mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the U.N. report. Russia and China have repeatedly said they are implementing U.N. sanctions on North Korea.
The monitors said they had investigated ongoing ballistic missile cooperation between Syria and Myanmar, including more than 40 previously unreported North Korea shipments between 2012 and 2017 to Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center, which oversees the country’s chemical weapons program.
The investigation has shown “further evidence of arms embargo and other violations, including through the transfer of items with utility in ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs,” the U.N. monitors wrote.
They also inspected cargo from two North Korea shipments intercepted by unidentified countries en route to Syria. Both contained acid-resistant tiles that could cover an area equal to a large scale industrial project, the monitors reported.
One country, which was not identified, told the monitors the seized shipments can “be used to build bricks for the interior wall of a chemical factory.”
Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons in 2013. However, diplomats and weapons inspectors suspect Syria may have secretly maintained or developed a new chemical weapons capability.
The U.N. monitors also said one country, which they did not identify, reported it had evidence that Myanmar received ballistic missile systems from North Korea, along with conventional weapons, including multiple rocket launchers and surface-to-air missiles.
Myanmar U.N. Ambassador Hau Do Suan said the Myanmar government “has no ongoing arms relationship, whatsoever, with North Korea” and is abiding by the U.N. Security Council resolutions.
Under a 2016 resolution, the U.N. Security Council capped coal exports and required countries to report any imports of North Korean coal to the council sanctions committee. It then banned all exports of coal by North Korea on Aug. 5.
The U.N. monitors investigated 16 coal shipments between January and Aug. 5 to ports in Russia, China, Malaysia and Vietnam. They said Malaysia reported one shipment to the council committee and the remaining 15 shipments violated sanctions.
After the coal ban was imposed on Aug. 5, the U.N. monitors investigated 23 coal shipments to ports in Russia, China, South Korea and Vietnam. The U.N. monitors said all those shipments “would constitute a violation of the resolution, if confirmed.”
“The DPRK combined deceptive navigation patterns, signals manipulation, transshipments as well as fraudulent documentation to obscure the origin of the coal,”the monitors said.
The U.N. monitors “also investigated cases of ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products in violation (of U.N. sanctions) … and found that the network behind these vessels is primarily based in Taiwan province of China.”
The monitors said one country, which they did not name, told them North Korea had carried out such transfers off its ports of Wonsan and Nampo and in international waters between the Yellow Sea and East China Sea between October and January.
The report said several multinational oil companies, which were not named, were also being investigated for roles in the supply chain of petroleum products transferred to North Korea.
The United Nations atomic energy chief has called North Korea’s nuclear armament programme, a cause of grave concern.
Noting signs suggesting that a nuclear plant in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) could be operating, the head of the United Nations atomic agency called on the country’s leadership to comply fully with its obligations under Security Council resolutions.
“There were indications at the Yongbyon Experimental Nuclear Power Plant suggesting that the reactor was being operated, [and] at the Yongbyon Nuclear Fuel Rod Fabrication Plant, there were indications consistent with the use of the reported centrifuge enrichment facility,”said Yukiya Amano, the Director General of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at the agency’s Board of Governors meeting in Vienna.
“The continuation and further development of the nuclear programme of the DPRK are a cause for grave concern.”
Noting that the IAEA continues to closely follow developments in the country’s nuclear programme, the Director General said that the UN agency is enhancing its efforts to monitor and verify nuclear-related developments, including through ensuring the availability of appropriate verification technologies and equipment.
Turning to other areas, Mr. Amano said that the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action are being implemented and that the IAEA continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by the country under its Safeguards Agreement.
“We will continue to implement the Additional Protocol in Iran, including carrying out complementary accesses to sites and other locations, as we do in other countries with additional protocols,”he noted.
Image shows North Korea’s president Kim Jong Un (in black).
On the implementation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Safeguards Agreement in Syria, the IAEA Director General said that the agency’s assessment remains that it was “very likely” that the building destroyed at the Dair Alzour site in 2007 was a nuclear reactor that should have been declared as such by Syria under its Safeguards Agreement.
“I renew my call on Syria to cooperate fully with [IAEA] in connection with unresolved issues related to the Dair Alzour site and other locations,” he urged.
Also in his statement, Mr. Amano spoke of the agency’s technical cooperation programme, including its work to contain the outbreak of the fruit fly pest in the Dominican Republic and efforts to conserve ground water and protect it from pollution in the Sahel region, as well as its work on nuclear applications, and on nuclear safety and security.
Citing increasing demand for assistance under the technical cooperation programme, the IAEA Director General also urged all countries to contribute funds, and welcomed support through extra-budgetary contributions, including government cost sharing.
The United States military has received President Donald Trump’s backing to shoot down North Korean missiles.
According to a report from The Associated Press (AP), America is ready to destroy any Kim Jong Un’s missile flying within its continent or anywhere around Guam and Hawaii.
The report comes after South Korea speculated another missile launch from Pyongyang on 9 September.
Kim Jong Un’s military detonated a thermonuclear weapon last Sunday, a reckless act which attracted huge criticisms from world leaders who are divided on the use of economic, political or military might to destroy the dictator’s nuclear armament efforts.
A group of selected security officials at the Pentagon reportedly received orders from Mr. Trump in the aftermath of DPRK’s threats last August, sources close to the president’s national security team told Newsmax.
“The threat of firing Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) over Japan and toward Guam, an important U.S. territory, provoked President Donald Trump,” a source knows about the presidential orders confirmed.
After last weekend’s successful test, the communist regime claimed its newest nuclear device can be attached on advanced intercontinental ballistic missiles to reach any target around the world.
Intelligence experts from South Korea said last week that DPRK was moving an ICBM in an apparent preparation for another test launch over the northern Pacific and possibly Japan.
Another national security source also confirmed to Newsmax that Mr. President has taken into consideration the need to shot down any missile launched over Japan or South Korea.
Late last August, Mr. Trump warned the North that their continued threats of an attack would be counteracted “with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
The president added that “things will happen to them like they never thought possible.” He also threatened unequivocally that U.S. forces were “locked and loaded.”
Speaking on Kim Jong Un’s recent provocations, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said: “This is a clear exercise of self-defense, and there’s no question we should do it.”
Bolton was in support of a preempted attack from the US, saying that all U.S. allies in the region, including South Korea and Japan, “are in jeopardy.” In his opinion, Trump’s government must take bold steps to protect them under treaty obligations.
If the U.S. military does act on President Trump’s orders to shoot down a missile, this would be achieved through different U.S. anti-ballistic programs under the aegis of the Missile Defense Agency.
Among a list of war programs is the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), which is said to be 26-year-old and capable of destroying incoming missiles through “hit to kill” interceptors. Its kinetic energy, according to an intelligence expert, explodes the missile on impact.
“It’s called stopping a bullet with a bullet,” the security expert said.
On 29 August, the North made real its threat by launching a missile from Pyongyang. The device was later described as an “ultramodern rocket system” — an intermediate range missile, and the young dictator isn’t done with his experiments yet.
The missile flew over Japanese territory and landed in the Pacific, but world leaders carefully managed Kim’s threatening move.
“There is general consensus in the White House and the Pentagon that North Korea is quite close to the ‘red zone’ and that the U.S. must act soon or lose the upper hand,” a US security official said.
In the aftermath of DPRK’s provocations, the US military carried a test-run by shooting down a ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii.
The technology appears locked and loaded as Mr. President rightly said.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned today’s underground nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) as “yet another serious breach of the country’s international obligations.”
According to a statement issued by a UN spokesperson, the Secretary-General also said that DPRK’s action undermined international non-proliferation and disarmament efforts and is also profoundly destabilizing for regional security.
Image: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
“The Secretary-General reiterates his call on the DPRK leadership to cease such acts and to comply fully with its international obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions,” the statement said, noting that Mr. Guterres remains in contact with all parties concerned.
“This new test, which follows the two tests last year and is the sixth since 2006, is in complete disregard of the repeated demands of the international community,”said Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in a statement.
In its resolutions, most recently in 2371, the Security Council has reaffirmed its decisions that the DPRK should not conduct any further nuclear tests and should abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.
“Once again, I strongly urge the DPRK to fully implement all relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the IAEA,” Mr. Amano said, noting that his agency continues to closely follow developments in the DPRK’s nuclear programme and remains ready to contribute to its peaceful resolution.
In the event of an unavoidable nuclear war between the United States and DPRK, a large number of volunteers who wish to join Kim Jong Un’s army are reported to be over 3.5 million.
Military strategists say a Donald Trump versus Kim Jong Un war would be a “total mismatch,” but the teeming volunteers who are rooting for their 42-year-old president believe it’d be an honor to die fighting.
According to a report from Express.co.uk, life in the North Korea army can be described as hopeless, oppressive, hungry and impoverished. If the looming WW3 becomes reality, the world will likely see a group of malnourished and desperate civilians who have been forced against their will to join.
An article from the state-owned news agency KCNA reads, “All the people are rising up across the country to retaliate against the US thousands of times.
“In North Hwanghae Province, 89,000 young men pleaded to enlist or reenlist on August 9 alone.
“In Daedong County of South Pyongan Province, more than 20,000 students, party members and laborers filed enlistment or reenlistment requests.”
A Russian General who spoke with Russia Today on the pending disaster says DPRK would suffer a total wipe-out if it dares to challenge America’s military might.
Leonid Ivashov, a political analyst and retired Colonel-General, urged the warring parties to consider a diplomatic approach in resolving the tensions, adding that Pyongyang’s earlier threat of firing missile over Japan, towards the US territory of Guam, was a “bluff”.
Mr. Ivashov argued that America could shoot down any missile from DPRK if it ever makes an attempt on Guam.
However, he called on China and Russia to impose further sanctions on the dictatorial government in order to ensure that “the military perspective” is completely erased.
“It’s a total mismatch,” the Colonel-General said.
“The US is a superpower, while North Korea is a small regional player. North Korea can’t compete with America on any level.
“America’s superior technology could locate all of Kim’s weapons and nuclear factories, and eliminate everything that North Korea created in terms of medium-range, long-range missiles and nuclear warheads.
“Neither would North Korea’s anti-missile defences be any match for the American B-1 bombers,” he added.
Mr. Ivashov, now a director at the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, argued that N. Korea might possibly inflict some damage on America but in comparison to Trump’s military response, he said the havoc would be nothing like the world has ever seen.
The US President confirmed in a recent statement that America is “locked and loaded” for the battle.
Hiroshima, Shimane and Kochi would be most affected in any event of missiles being fired at the US territory of Guam because those warheads would pass directly over the cities.
While the threats linger ahead of 15 August, Pyongyang said it intends to aim and miss the island. However, the exercise is believed to be malfunction-proof and as such, could put thousands of people in danger.
Most of North Korea’s recent missile tests have been unsuccessful but this ongoing war-of-words and a likely launch remains a major threat to world peace.
North Korea said in an official statement on Friday that the United States of America will suffer shameful defeat if both countries are to test-run the world’s first nuclear war.
DPRK’s news agency threatened that the would see its “final doom” if it continues in military offensives against the Asian country.
Kim Jong Un’s government warned America to desist from its forefront position in the looming international sanctions and pressure against Pyongyang, adding that the Korea’s military officials had sworn to deal with all provocateurs.
The official statement from Korea’s Internal Security Forces was delivered to CNN prior to Mr. Trump’s Thursday warning against any attempt at attacking any of US allies or Guam, which lies 2,131 miles southeast of North Korea, media reports confirm.
Trump, 71, spoke in the aftermath of Kim’s declaration that DPRK was set to fire nuclear missiles over Japan with expectations that the warheads would land somewhere near that US Pacific territory Guam.
“He has disrespected our country greatly. He has said things that are horrific,” the billionaire president said. “And with me, he’s not getting away with it. He got away with it for a long time between him and his family…”
The American president insisted that this war or threats of it, will be a whole new ball game.
Korea’s state-run KCNA said the country’s military are set to complete plans on the missiles by mid-August when, at Kim’s order, a total of four intermediate-range warheads will be ready to launch over Japan.
Mr. Trump told news reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey that he read a statement from Kim Jong Un saying ‘We’re in Guam by August 15th.’
Image: Kim Jong Un
The Republican president continued, “Let’s see what he does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody’s seen before, what will happen in North Korea.
“It’s not a dare,” the added, “It’s a statement.”
He also assured Americans that the US nuclear arsenal is “in tip-top shape, and getting better, and getting stronger.”
Following Trump’s strict warnings against DPRK, former US National Security Adviser Susan Rice says ex-president Barack Obama’s predecessors are to blame for the current situation with Kim Jong Un.
In Susan’s opinion, past American governments failed woefully by turning a blind eye to N. Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
“That’s a very unfortunate outcome. You can call it a failure. I accept that characterization over the last two decades,” said the former UN Ambassador during Thursday’s interview with CNN’s Wolfe Blitzer in Park City, Utah.
“But we are where we are. And we now need to decide how to proceed,” she added.
“Deterrents makes good sense,”Rice quipped when asked about the need for a preventative war or a pre-emptive war.
“It is very essential for us to maintain — and we don’t ever take off of the table the threat of the use of force.
“But preemptive war, if one was thinking of executing that would be catastrophic for the Korean peninsula,” adding that apart from an estimated 26 million people living in Seoul, North Korea, there are about 200,000 Americans residing in that region whose lives and investments would be endangered.
Rice objected to a pre-emptive attack saying it’s not the best move on DPRK.
“We need to be very measured, careful, and planned in our rhetoric,” Rice told Blitzer on the way forward. “I hope we will see more pressure out of the president as he is approaching this challenge.”
She added that there’ll likely be an all-out war against the erring government if Guam suffers an attack.
“I have confidence that we have responses that are proportionate to the problem,” Rice said reassuringly.
“The American people need know that we have and continue to refine advanced missile-defense capabilities to protect our allies and our homeland.
“We’re in a position to respond and to defend ourselves.”
President Trump also took a jab at Bill Clinton, saying he was very weak and ineffective as a US President — for negotiating with the N. Korean leader after 25 years and achieving nothing.
In his opinion, dialogue has proved to be a time-wasting effort and irrelevant tool against the 34-year-old dictator.
“Obama didn’t even want to talk about it,” he blasted the immediate past leader. “But I talk,” the president added, “because it’s time; and someone has to do it.”
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said on Friday that approving tougher sanctions against DPRK would be the best approach with a desired result, adding that an unwavering stand against the Asian nation should be maintained.
Sen. Portman quoted Ronald Reagan as saying that ‘we get peace through strength.’
Speaking with CNN’s New Day host Chris Cuomo, the lawmaker said, “I think what Secretary [Rex] Tillerson, Secretary [James] Mattis, and President [Donald] Trump are all saying is: that should there be a preemptive strike upon North Korea, the response will be swift, it will be forceful and that should deter them — one would hope — from taking any actions against Guam, or South Korea. or Japan, or certainly our shores.”
According to a CNN report, a senior State Department official said the returnee’s health condition as well as his experiences in the Asian country cannot be ascertained until proper medical assessments are carried out.
“All we know so far is what they have told us,” the official said. “This is the North Korean version of events. We won’t know anything for sure until doctors are able to fully evaluate Otto’s condition.”
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North Korea has warned the United Kingdom to learn from the past and stay out of aggressive military drills.
The DPRK added that “its on the brink of war” with their South Korean neighbors.
Image shows DPRK’s leader Kim Jong Un.
The warning from Kim Jong-Un’s leadership came in the aftermath of Britain’s declaration that it would take part in joint military drills with South Korea and the US.
North Korea’s foreign affairs representative for northern Europe, Pak Yun Sik, dished out the warning on behalf of his government as the UK prepare for a November military exercise with their allies.
However, the DPRK maintains its not fazed by whatever form of military training has been scheduled but the early warning is only a reminder that any interference shall not be taken lightly “in case there is ever a need for real thing in the region”, SkyNews.com wrote.
Mr Pak, who lost his temper during the speech, said: “The situation on the Korean peninsula is close to the brink of war because of endless military exercises by American and South Korean forces targeting us.
“Now, Britain has decided to send its Typhoon fighter jets to take part in joint US-South Korean military drills, in the south of Korea, from 4 to 10 November.
“This is a hostile act, openly joining the US and South Korean forces in moves for a new war against us.
“Britain claims that this military exercise is not targeting us, but the US and South Korea openly say that these military exercises are aimed at launching a strike against our military facilities and our command structure.”
He continues: “Britain should draw a serious lesson from its past when it took part in the Korean War, and suffered losses, and then when it took part in wars led by the US in Iraq and other countries, which resulted in a refugee crisis in Europe, and terrorism.
“Britain should immediately withdraw its decision to take part in these aggressive military drills.”
North and South Korea remain technically at war since their 1953 fight ended with an armistice but no peace treaty.
Meanwhile, the New York Post quoted Lee Yong Pil, director of the Foreign Ministry’s Institute for American Studies in a statement to NBC News. He said: “The US has nuclear weapons off our coast, targeting our country, our capital and our dear leader, Kim Jong Un.
“We will not step back as long as there’s a nuclear threat to us from the United States.”
Mr Lee added that there’s balance of terror as the US does not have a monopoly on preemptive nuclear strikes.
In his words: “If we see that the US would do it to us, we would do it first,” Lee said. “We have the technology.”
He concluded: “We have to have nuclear weapons to protect our country, and it’s our policy to go nuclear.”
Kim Jong Un, the infamous dictator from the Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea (DPRK) has stepped on many toes in the international community by continuing his widely criticized nuclear building projects against orders from the United Nations spearheaded by staunch adversaries like the U.S. and Japan.
Image: Kim Jong Un
However, unlike the UN and other world bodies who issued warnings backed up with political and economic sanctions, South Korea has made it public that plans are underway to assassinate Kim, if he dares to mess around down town.
South Korea’s defense minister Han Min-koo made this known in a recent interview, according to a report from Beijing Bulletin.
The dark secret was disclosed by Han, who spoke at the parliament without mincing words when asked about the plans to kill Kim Jong Un.
He said unequivocally without blinking eyebrows: “Yes, we do have such a plan.
“If it becomes clear the enemy is moving to attack the South with nuclear missile, in order to suppress its aims, the concept [of the special forces] is to destroy key figures and areas [that] include the North Korean leadership.”
He explained further: “South Korea has a general idea and plan to use precision missile capabilities to target the enemy’s facilities in major areas as well as eliminating the enemy’s leadership.”
Other reports say it’s a fact that South Korea’s military has indeed assembled a special forces unit to carry out the deadly stealth attack whenever the need arises.
The statement from Han is currently making headlines around the world for the fact that governments don’t make public such high-level security information.
Meanwhile, the defense minister continued in his explanations to the parliament, saying the country will need about half a million active duty soldiers in order the efficiently counteract any possible attack from the North.
Kim Jong Un’s North Korea is said to have 1.2 million such soldiers already.
Following the public spat between the the two countries, there are wide speculations that the comment from South Korea is aimed at provoking Kim for reasons yet unknown.
However, Kim’s government has refused to remain silent over the public statement but their anger is directed towards the UN, probably as Han and his team expected. North Korea’s leadership has therefore queried claims that the United Nations is a peace-loving community, as well as asked why DPRK should remain a member of the international community.
Speaking at the UN General Assembly, South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-se reportedly said that the country “is totally ridiculing the authority of the General Assembly and the Security Council.”
Nonetheless, as the war of words continue, it’s worthy of note to add that in the recent past, Pyongyang has issued several warnings to South Korea and U.S. The last threat issued few months ago from DPRK says “it has the potential and wouldn’t hesitate to turn the whole of South Korea into ashes”.
The U.S. has proven itself a very strong ally to South Korea while China has also been a silent and “indecisive” ally to the DPRK, probably to soft-pedal the growing tension between Obama and Xi Jingping. All the same, China remains North Korea’s only strong ally in the region, on paper.
A statement that was published on the North Korean state-run official news channel, KCNA said:“If we push the buttons to annihilate the enemies even right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to seas in flames and ashes in a moment.
“The U.S. is working hard to turn the Korean Peninsula into the theater of a war, not content with slapping its unreasonable ‘sanctions’ against the DPRK over its self-defensive H-bomb test and satellite launch for peaceful purposes.
“If a war breaks out in the peninsula, the U.S. will be held accountable for igniting the war by mobilizing strategic means and war hardware, regardless of who mounted a preemptive attack.”
South Korea’s threat on Kim Jong Un is sure to make matters worse as DPRK continues to increase its nuclear capabilities, and firing missiles off their neighbors’ coasts.
North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong told The Associated Press that his country is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its annual military exercises with South Korea.
In defense of the country’s right to maintain a nuclear deterrent, Ri warned that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) won’t be slowed by international sanctions.
An online report quotes Ri Su Yong as repeating Pyongyang’s longstanding position that the U.S. drove his country to develop nuclear weapons as an act of self-defense. He also suggested that boycotting the annual military exercises with South Korea could open the door to talks and reduced tensions.
At a press conference on Monday 29th February, an American student who has been held by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) admitted that he tried to steal a political slogan from a hotel where he stayed before his arrest.