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Sunday, October 22, 2017
North Korea Threatens ‘Unimaginable Strike at an Unimaginable Time’ on U.S.
North Korea threatened to deliver an “unimaginable strike” on the United States amid strained relations between Pyongyang and Washington over the rogue regime’s nuclear and missile programs.
“The U.S. is running amok by introducing under our nose the targets we have set as primary ones. The U.S. should expect that it would face unimaginable strike [sic] at an unimaginable time,” warned an unnamed North Koran agency in a statementreportedlypublished by the Pyongyang-controlled Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday.
Reuters, citing the Russian-controlled RIA Novosti news agency the following day, reported that a North Korean diplomat indicated that dictator Kim Jong-un does not intend to conduct any discussions with the United States over its nuclear program, claiming that having nukes is a “matter of life and death for us.”
Choe Son-hui, the director-general of the North American department of North Korea’s foreign ministry, reportedly told a non-proliferation conference in Moscow that the United States would have to deal with North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.
“This is a matter of life and death for us. The current situation deepens our understanding that we need nuclear weapons to repel a potential attack,” he said. “We will respond to fire with fire.”
Pyongyang issued the threat as the South Korean and American navies are preparingmassivejoint exercises off the Korean Peninsula involving the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
Whileurgingthe United States to embrace dialogue rather than pushing Pyongyang into “a corner,” President Vladimir Putinreportedlywarned America that if it withdraws from its nuclear arms control treaty with the Kremlin, Russia would be forced to respond instantly and symmetrically. READ MORE