North Korea Threatens Japan As Trump Considers Military Action
The relationship between the United States and North Korea is not getting any better. The United States president, Donald Trump, took to Twitter on Monday, Oct 9, 2017, and sent out a rather ambiguous tweet which could translate that the United States is considering a military action against North Korea. The tweet which attracted over twenty-one thousand comments read,
“Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars & getting nothing. Policy didn’t work!”
Earlier, on Saturday, Trump accused North Korea of making a fool of negotiators saying that “only one thing will work”. Bob Corker, a prominent Republican Senator told The New York Times that he feared the president could set U.S. “on the path to World War III”.
Mick Mulvaney, the budget director confirmed the fears of Bob Corker with NBC when he said, “clearly telegraphing, and this should not be news to anybody. Military options are on the table. … They absolutely are.”
The cold war took an unexpected twist yesterday when KCNA, the Pyongyang’s state-controlled news agency, released a statement directed at Japan stating the preparation of the country for a possible war could be shattered. The statement read:
“Should Japan take the advantage of the US war racket, they cannot but be a target of the powerful strike means of the DPRK’s revolutionary armed forces. Japan can never be safe if a war breaks out on the Korean peninsula. Everything in Japan mobilised for the war can be destroyed to pieces, to say nothing of the US aggression bases there.
“The Japanese authorities are strongly warned that if they go reckless with the backing of the US they can bring irrevocable misfortune to the Japanese archipelago.”
The communist country led by Kin Jong-un seems to be already preparing for war. There was an article in a state-run newspaper that the country was now in “full readiness” for battle following months of verbal attacks. A part of the article read,
“All our service persons and people have turned out in the retaliatory war of justice. The DPRK has already been in full readiness. All striking means are on the alert.”
The recent threat to Japan is coming on the heels of the last one which is about a week old where Kim issued a threat to bring “nuclear clouds to Japan” if it did not withdraw from the sanctions against North Korea. The article also promised a “dreadful and horrible” war if America doesn’t lift the sanctions on the country.
In recent days, Kim has more of his attention on Japan which seems to be retaliation for the speech made by the Japanese prime minister at the UN in which he called for more stringent sanctions against North Korea. There has been an escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula since it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on the third of September.
In recent weeks, North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan in defiance to the resolution of the U.N. Security Council resolutions. There are fears that the country may just be on the verge of developing a nuclear-tipped missile with the potential of reaching the US mainland.