Against all conventional wisdom, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un insists on poking the hornet’s nest.
…then again, how else can the plump little dictator command attention on the world stage?
Amid rising tensions, the United States has sent an aircraft carrier to waters off North Korea and has engaged in the biggest-ever joint military exercise with its South Korea allies, prompting North Korea to warn it will take the “toughest countermeasures,” to include razing U.S. bases in South Korea, NK News reported.
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Threatening to attack the United States Forces Korea (USFK) bases in South Korea, the North also warned the countermeasures would extend to U.S. allies.
“We don’t hide that the strongholds of evil such as the U.S. army bases including those at Osan, Gunsan, and Pyeongtaek as well as the Blue House in South Korea can be razed within a few minutes,” according to the statement carried by the KPA General Staff.
The report is consistent with comments made by North Korea’s Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, who blamed President Donald Trump for escalating tensions, CNBC reported.
In comments to The Associated Press, Vice Minister Han Song Ryol said the U.S. was becoming “more vicious and more aggressive” under Trump and warned the president against provoking North Korea.
“We will go to war if they choose,” the diplomat said.
The vice foreign minister went so far as to put a preemptive nuclear strike on the table.
“If the U.S. comes with reckless military maneuvers then we will confront it with the DPRK’s preemptive strike,” Ryol said.
“We’ve got a powerful nuclear deterrent already in our hands, and we certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a U.S. preemptive strike.”
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