North Korea Warns of 'Thermonuclear War' After Trump Threatens Strike
The Trump administration has succeeded in ratcheting up tensions in the Korea Peninsula after dispatching a Navy strike group to the western Pacific Ocean and threatening a “pre-emptive strike” against North Korea if the country goes ahead with a nuclear bomb test.
“Given that some of North Korea’s nuclear warheads are likely to survive any U.S. strike, the worst case scenario is frankly terrifying.”
—Peace ActionIn response to the Trump administration’s saber-rattling, North Korea on Friday warned of a looming “thermonuclear war,” threatening a pre-emptive strike of its own if the U.S. engages in “reckless” aggression.
In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, Vice Minister Han Song Ryol said that “Pyongyang has determined the Trump administration is ‘more vicious and more aggressive’ than that of his predecessor, Barack Obama,” AP writes. “He added that North Korea will keep building up its nuclear arsenal in ‘quality and quantity’ and said Pyongyang is ready to go to war if that’s what Trump wants.”
And in a statement attributed to the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Disarmament and Peace, officials also warned:
“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. pre-emptive strike,” Han told AP. “Whatever comes from the U.S., we will cope with it. We are fully prepared to handle it.”
China, too, warned of imminent war on Friday, telling all sides to pull back or go down “an irreversible path.”
Foreign policy experts, peace activists, and politicians are calling on the White House to recognize the grave danger posed by Trump’s aggressive approach to North Korea.
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