World War 3: North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike on Japan
North Korean state warned Tokyo against any hostile actions.
“In case of a nuclear war on the peninsula, Japan that houses logistic bases, launching bases and sortie bases of the U.S. forces will be put under radioactive clouds before any country,” state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper said on Wednesday.
The newspaper reminded Tokyo of its previous experience involving nuclear weapons, stating that the country would become the number one target for a North Korean strike as it housed US forces and would be “put under radioactive clouds before any country.”
“If Japan is truly concerned about its interests, it has to make due efforts for the peaceful settlement of the Korean peninsula issue,” the commentary reads.
“As the first country in the world that suffered A-bomb disaster, Japan knows better than others how terrible the nuclear disaster is.”
North Korea also Made Bold Statements Against China
North Korea’s state media published a rare criticism of China on Wednesday, saying Chinese state media commentaries calling for tougher sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear program were undermining relations with Beijing and worsening tensions.
A commentary carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) referred to recent commentaries in China’s People’s Daily and Global Times newspapers. “A string of absurd and reckless remarks are now heard from China every day only to render the present bad situation tenser,” it said.
“China had better ponder over the grave consequences to be entailed by its reckless act of chopping down the pillar of the DPRK-China relations,” the commentary said.
America is Ready
THAAD is ready and operational in South Korea.
The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system – designed by the US and aimed at detecting and shooting down missiles – has been installed in South Korea and has reached capability to carry out its functions, Reuters quoted US officials as saying.
“US Forces Korea confirms the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is operational and has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles and defend the Republic of Korea [South Korea],” US Forces Korea spokesman Col. Rob Manning told Sputnik news agency on Monday.
More missiles tested
An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) has been launched from a US Air Force base in California just seven days after the first launch.
The three-stage ICBM blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 07:02GMT Wednesday. It travelled around 4,200 miles to a test range near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
The test of the Minuteman III missile follows a similar launch on April 26 from North Vandenberg Air Force Base. The move comes amid rapidly growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, although the mission was planned “over the past 10 months,” according to the 30th Space Wing, which conducted the test.