Another crisis point has been reached as North Korea warns of imminent war if the US continues with its “gangster-like” US logic.
North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations Kim In-ryong announced on April 17 that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is “ready to react to any mode of war.”
The US “has created a dangerous situation in which thermonuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula and poses a serious threat to world peace and security,” ambassador Kim In-ryong added.
The BBC was told by Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol April 18 that North Korea will not be swayed by the growing US military presence on the Korean Peninsula.
“We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” the Vice-Foreign Minister said, continuing by saying North Korea will “protect” itself with the use of nuclear weapons if the event arises.
“If the US is reckless enough to use military means it would mean from that very day, an all-out war,” he said. “If the US is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike.”
Headlines are making the rounds around the world as tensions escalate. Trump responded to a reporter from the White House, saying North Korea has “gotta behave.”
Vice President Mike Pence, during his visit to Seoul, had said the “era of strategic patience is over,” and the US was committed to its South Korean alliance.
“President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change,” Vice President Pence said.
“We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable.”
While the UK is urging Kim Jong-un to stop his belligerence, Russian foreign minister Serfey Lavrov has warned the US against further “unilateral actions like those we saw recently in Syria.” Outspoken against Trump, Lavrov asked Washington to “follow the line that president Trump repeatedly voiced during the election campaign.”
China has also warned continually throughout the fortnight since President Xi’s visit to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago that war could erupt “at any moment,” urging for both sides to reach a peaceful negotiation.
At the time of writing, the USS Carl Vinson along with several warships and a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier strike group are sailing towards the Korean Peninsula.
Japanese media have reported Chinese and Russian ships have been dispatched to “shadow” the US fleet, however, for “intelligence gathering.”
China has deployed 150,000 troops to its Chinese-Korean border although mainstream media have downplayed the event last week.
“If a war occurs, the result is a situation in which everybody loses and there can be no winner. It is not the one who espouses harsher rhetoric or raises a bigger fist that will win,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
One way or another, tensions on the Korean Peninsula will soon come to a front. The question on everyone’s tongue is: which way will that be?
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