The chilling warning was made by North Korea’s UN deputy representative, Kim In Ryong, who made war threats and levelled more violent rhetoric in the direction of Washington. Kim Jong-un’s ally launched the tirade after President Trump’s deputy – Mike Pence – visited the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea. Mr Pence warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the United States “or the strength of our military forces.” But Kim Jong-un’s spokesperson hit back with a terrifying threat.
Kim In Ryong said in April 2017: “It 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.”
The deputy ambassador, reading from a statement, added: “The US is disturbing the global peace and stability and insisting on the gangster-like logic that its invasion of a sovereign state is ‘decisive, and just, and proportionate’ and contributes to ‘defending’ the international order in its bid to apply it to the Korean Peninsula as well.”
He also said North Korea is ready to react to any “mode of war” from the United States.
Any missile or nuclear strike by the United States would be responded to “in kind,” said the North Korea representative.
To add to the list of warnings, the North Korean diplomat said his country would hold the United States accountable “for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.”
President Trump has tried to deter North Korea from its nuclear programme, but two crunch summits in 2019 fell apart.
In February 2019, the two met in Hanoi, Vietnam, and talks initially looked promising when a reporter asked Kim whether he was considering denuclearisation.
He responded: “If I’m not willing to do that, I wouldn’t be here right now.”
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The North’s Korean Central News Agency reported: “The enraged people across the country are actively pushing forward with the preparations for launching a large-scale distribution of leaflets to pour the leaflets of punishment upon those in South Korea who are bereft of even elementary morality.”
The leaflets are piled as high as a mountain, said the state news agency.
“Every action should be met with proper reaction and only when one experiences it oneself, one can feel how offending it is.”