North Korea has warned nuclear war could break out at “any moment” as a politician accused the US of ‘abusing’ its authority.
North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations Kim In-Ryong claimed the United States was “disturbing peace and stability” across the globe with its “unjust and disproportionate” response to leader Kim Jong-Un. He also said his country was “ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US”.
Keeping up the verbal volleying, the ambassador accused the United States of turning the Korean peninsula into “the world’s biggest hotspot” and creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment.”
A senior North Korean official has accused the US of turning the Korean peninsula into “the world’s biggest hotspot” and creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment”.
Vice President Mike Pence said on Sunday that “the era of strategic patience is over” between the U.S. and North Korea.
“The people of North Korea, the military of North Korea, should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies,” he said during remarks at the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea.
Noting Trump’s recent military actions in Syria and Afghanistan, Pence said North Korea “would do well not to test his resolve” or the resolve of US armed forces in the region.
In Tokyo, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said: “Needless to say, diplomatic effort is important to maintain peace. But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless.”
Urging China and Russia to play more constructive roles, he added: “We need to apply pressure on North Korea so they seriously respond to a dialogue [with the international community].”
Last week, Trump said he would not declare China a currency manipulator pulling back from a campaign promise – as he looked for help from Beijing, North Korea’s dominant trade partner.