North Korea aims its nuclear weapons at the United States, not at other countries, a senior government official told world leaders this weekend. That means that other nations should not fear the growing military ambitions of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but Washington should be, at least, according to North Korea.
"Today's reality shows that our acquisition of nuclear weapons breaks US ambitions to ensure its supremacy in the Asia-Pacific region and safeguards peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and its region," said Ri Jong. -hyok, deputy of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea and the director of the National Reunification Institute, told the Asian Parliamentary Assembly in Turkey, according to Rodong Sinmun the official newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.
China, Japan, the European Union and other nations and government agencies have increasingly called on North Korea to put aside its nuclear weapons development program in recent months, but Ri said North Korea will not stop his fight against the Hwasong of North Korea. It is believed that the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) -14 is capable of hitting the US. UU., Latin America, West Africa and Antarctica.
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"It is the resolute decision of the Koreans that (North Korea) must confront the US Only with nuclear weapons to reach the balance of power, "Ri said in Turkey, news agency Yonhap reported on Sunday. "Our nuclear deterrence is a sword of justice destined to fight (the USA) nuclear and Asia and any country of the world does not need to worry about our threats, as long as they do not join the invasions and provocations towards us".
U.S. officials said they took threats from North Korea seriously. The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in an interview with ABC's This Week on Sunday that growing tensions between North Korea and Washington are worrisome and suggest that Kim could use his nuclear weapons to launch an attack. While the USA In the United States, South Korea and Japan have anti-missile systems that could potentially stop ballistic missiles leaving North Korea. Missile interception failures are possible.
"I think it's more likely than it used to be and I'm scared to death frankly," retired Admiral Mike Mullen told This Week of a nuclear attack by North Korea. "They are the most dangerous weapons in the world." And, certainly, if we have someone in North Korea who has a lethal legacy, it is very, very unpredictable and sees this as a way to solidify their future, which could not only get them, but potentially use them. "
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance with Ri Hong Sop (2nd L) and Hong Sung Mu (R) on a nuclear weapons program in this undated photo published by the Korean News Agency of Korea (KCNA) in Pyongyang on September 3, 2017. Reuters
President Donald Trump told US soldiers during a 12-day Asia tour in November to be prepared to face Kim's nuclear threats. "We dominate the sky, we dominate the sea, we dominate the earth and space, "he said. One of you embodies the warrior creed. His devotion, skill and experience make him the most fearsome fighting force in the history of our world. "