World War 3: Situation Report
North Korea has Nukes for World War 3
South Korea’s top diplomat has said North Korea is quickly reaching the stage of possessing complete nuclear capabilities, as she visited Europe to seek international cooperation on the issue.
In an interview with Yonhap News Agency in Brussels on Saturday, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha also said North Korea is prepared to carry out additional provocations at any time.
“Parts of its tunnel have been destroyed after the North conducted the sixth nuclear test, but it has more than one of them so (an additional nuke test) can be done at any time,” she said.
Regarding the recent comments from Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, that North Korea could be “months” away from perfecting the ability to strike the United States with a nuclear weapon, Kang said, “It is true” that Pyongyang is quickly approaching such a capability.
“North Korea declaring the completion of its nuke weapon and it having a strategy on how to actually use it are different issues,” she added.
Tensions have been rising between the U.S. and North Korea, with each side spouting bellicose rhetoric and threatening military actions.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to take the “highest-level” measures against Washington as Trump threatened to “totally destroy” the North if the U.S. is forced to defend itself and its allies. Trump called the North’s ruler Kim “Rocket Man” and Kim dubbed Trump a “dotard.”
Kang embarked on her six-day trip to Europe on Thursday to seek cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear problem. It marks her first visit to Europe since taking office in June.
On Friday, Kang met with her Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders and Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s top diplomat.
“We confirmed international community’s full support on our approach to resolving the North Korea’s nuke issue,” she said, adding there was a shared understanding that the purpose of the sanctions on Pyongyang is to bring it to talks for denuclearization.
Regarding Washington’s recent show of force with its strategic assets, Kang said it is a deterrent force to North Korea’s provocations.
“It is another tool to support our diplomatic pressure (on the North),” she said.
Earlier this month, two U.S. B-1B bombers carried out surprise nighttime exercises over the waters off South Korea’s east and west coasts in a show of force against North Korea.
Officials said the U.S. is expected to fly B-1B bombers over South Korea every two to three weeks to help deter the communist nation.
World War 3 In Politics
A North Korean diplomat has said that Pyongyang will not return to multilateral talks until it resolves issues with the United States, a source said Sunday.
Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American department of North Korea’s foreign ministry, made the remark during a session at an international forum on nonproliferation in Moscow on Saturday, according to the source who attended the event.
The current crisis on the Korean Peninsula is due to the United States’ hostile policy against the North, she said, adding Pyongyang will not return to any multilateral talks, including the six-party talks, until it deals with Washington, according to the source.
Choe said the North will continue developing its nuclear program if the U.S. does not give up on its hostile policies toward Pyongyang, according to the source.
Tensions have heightened since the North defiantly conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test last month, drawing strong condemnation from the international community.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to take the “highest-level” measures against Washington as Trump threatened to “totally destroy” the North if the U.S. is forced to defend itself and its allies. Trump called the North’s ruler Kim “Rocket Man,” and Kim dubbed Trump a “dotard.”
The conference was attended by diplomats, former government officials and private-sector experts from around 40 countries. As South Korea sent its deputy nuclear envoy to the event, it raised expectations that there could be contact of some type between the two Koreas, but it did not take place.
North Korea’s state media said Sunday that South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has been actively collaborating with the United States to provoke Pyongyang while outwardly claiming that he opposes a war.
The remark by the Rodong Sinmun, the main newspaper of the reclusive country, came as Moon was known to have said Seoul should support Washington’s pressure on Pyongyang after the U.S. carried out surprise nighttime exercises near the Korean Peninsula earlier this month.
“It could further raise tensions, but we need to support the U.S. move to put pressure on North Korea,” the president was cited by a group of lawmakers as saying during a meeting on Oct. 11. The ruling and opposition party lawmakers had recently visited the U.S.
Tensions have been rising after the North defiantly conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test last month, drawing strong condemnation from the international community.