World War 3 Situation Report
Nuclear Test Could Spark World War 3
North Korea’s threat to test a nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean should be taken “literally,” a senior North Korean official has said.
The threat came last month when U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un engaged in a war of words over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
Speaking in New York during the U.N. General Assembly, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho had warned of a powerful hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific.
“The foreign minister is very well aware of the intentions of our supreme leader,” Ri Yong-pil, deputy chief of the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s Institute for American Studies, told CNN in an interview in Pyongyang. “So I think you should take his words literally.”
The official added that North Korea “has always brought its words into action.”
Tensions have run high as the regime has pursued a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the mainland U.S. In July, it tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles, while in September, it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.
Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if necessary.
“The U.S. is talking about a military option and even practicing military moves,” Ri said. “They’re pressuring us on all fronts with sanctions. If you think this will lead to diplomacy, you’re deeply mistaken.”
The standoff is expected to come into further focus as Trump travels to South Korea, China and Japan in early November on his first official trip to Asia.
World War 3 Diplomacy
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that the international community seeks a peaceful solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis.
He was speaking en route to Thailand after meeting with his counterparts from South Korea, Japan and Southeast Asian nations at a regional gathering in the Philippines.
“A number of people talked about hoping diplomatic efforts will work, that sanctions will cause them to change course,” Mattis told reporters. “Do we have military options in defense if we’re attacked, our allies are attacked? Of course we do. But everyone is out for a peaceful resolution. Not rushing to war.”
Tensions have escalated in the region following North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests, and a war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Asked whether the participants seemed anxious that Trump’s rhetoric could lead to a military conflict, Mattis said, “No.”
“We’ve been blunt out of Washington, D.C., with Secretary (of State Rex) Tillerson being sent to Beijing by the president and all,” he said. “We are out for a peaceful resolution.”
Mattis is set to visit South Korea later this week for annual security talks between the allies.
He declined to go into detail about what will be discussed.
The meeting will come ahead of Trump’s first official visit to South Korea and other Asian nations next month.
World War 3 Spies in South Korea
Opposition leader Hong Jun-pyo has warned that “pro-North Korean, leftist” elements in the Seoul government is driving a wedge in the South Korea-U.S. alliance and worsening the security crisis on the peninsula.
The leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party made the remarks Wednesday during a conference with U.S. experts hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. Hong is on a five-day visit this week.
“In the wake of the impeachment early this year, a far different government took office. Those who urged the withdrawal of U.S. Forces Korea and opposed the deployment of the THAAD now form the mainstream of the Korean government.” the conservative politician said.
“The essence of the current crisis is that the pro-North Korean, leftist forces cause fissures in the Korea-U.S. alliance and it is scarier than North Korea’s threat,” he said.
Hong also called for Washington to redeploy tactical nuclear weapons to the peninsula and accelerate the installation of the U.S. missile defense system in the country.
He said he would urge the Korean government to join the U.S.-led missile defense system and campaign against Seoul’s attempt to take over the wartime operational control of its troops from the U.S. early, saying the nation is not ready yet in terms of independent defense capabilities.