North Korea this week issued its most brazen ever threats of war against Japan and the United States.
According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), nuclear weapons will be unleashed on Japan if its government continues to press for harsher sanctions against the rogue state. Earlier today, leader Kim Jong-un also declared that North Korea would “bring down the US once and for all“.
He accused Japan of stirring up tension in the region, claiming its effort to end Pyongyang’s nuclear program was a “suicidal deed” that would ultimately result in a nuclear attack.
“Japan’s such rackets inciting the tension of the Korean peninsula is a suicidal deed that will bring nuclear clouds to the Japanese archipelago.
No one knows when the touch-and-go situation will lead to a nuclear war, but if so, the Japanese archipelago will be engulfed in flames in a moment. This is too self-evident.”
The threat of a nuclear attack is deeply sensitive subject in Japan and one that will be taken very seriously. In 1945, President Harry S. Truman authorized the United States military to drop atomic bombs on two major Japanese cities.
The attack in Hiroshima killed about 90,000 people instantly and many others died from radiation poisoning shortly after. Three days later, the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, killing around 37,000 people and injuring another 43,000.
A newspaper in Pyongyang claimed its nuclear threat was a retaliation to previous Japanese military occupation and government rule over Korea.
Tensions have escalated to unprecedented levels on the Korean peninsula since North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear weapons test last month. Kim Jong-un’s military also fired Hwasong-12 ballistic missiles over Japan on two separate occasions.
Last week, the U.N. issued crippling sanctions against the hermit kingdom in response.
North Korea has also repeatedly threatened the United States, warning that it will fire nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles at the U.S. territory of Guam and at the American West Coast. Following President Donald Trump’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho proclaimed that a strike on the U.S. mainland was “inevitable”.
Yesterday, leader Kim Jong-un made a speech in Pyongyang that appeared to be a declaration of war against the United States:
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un addresses government officials at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang. Source: Daily Express
“The U.S. military operations have gone too far, recently they have overstepped the mark. Anything that results in a conflict will be the fault of the United States.
We’ve been preparing for many years for this moment come. We’ve caught U.S. military spies in North Korea and we see this as a declaration of war.
We have decided to join forces with the numerous enemies of the U.S. America has been in power for too long now. They say they want peace, but don’t want anyone to have weapons to defend themselves.
This ends now. We’re going to make a change and bring the U.S. down once and for all. For the greater good it’s time for the U.S. to step down for the reign on North Korea.
Anyone who stands in our way will fall with the U.S. The attack will begin soon. We will no longer wait for them to give into our demands.”
Shortly afterward, President Trump issued his response to reporters outside the White House.
“We are totally prepared for the second option — not a preferred option. But, if we take that option, it will be devastating — I can tell you that — devastating for North Korea,” he said. “Let’s call it the military option. If we have to take it, we will.”
Tucker is a foreign correspondent and media analyst for Not Liberal.