North Korea upped its warmongering with Donald Trump today in a series of menacing boasts threatening to ‘ravage’ US troops amid fears the two countries are heading for war.
The secretive state vowed to ‘pulverize’ US bases and South Korean capital Seoul if it was threatened by the US military, which is carrying out drills on the Korean peninsula. A US aircraft carrier group is steaming towards the region.
It claimed it would ‘ruthlessly ravage’ the US if Washington attacked. China warned the region could go to war ‘at any moment’.
The rhetoric comes after North Korea warned that President Donald Trump’s ‘troublemaking’ and ‘aggressive’ tweets have pushed the world to the brink of thermo-nuclear war.
Pyongyang’s Vice Minister Han Song Ryol accused Trump of building up a ‘vicious cycle’ of tensions and warned the US against provoking North Korea militarily. He said: ‘We will go to war if they choose.’
He added the country would continue developing its nuclear program and conduct its next nuclear test whenever its leaders see fit.
In the past week Trump has shown his willingness to launch military strikes, with US missiles deployed in Syria and Afghanistan.
North Korea, led by dictator Kim Jong-un, vowed to ‘pulverize’ US bases and South Korean capital Seoul if it was threatened by the US military, which is carrying out drills on the Korean peninsula
In other developments today, as tensions heighten in the Korean peninsula:
- The North Korean Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Disarmament and Peace warned a thermo-nuclear war could break out at any moment
- China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said anyone who provokes conflict would ‘pay the price’, and said there would be ‘no winners’. China warned war could break out ‘at any moment’
- Air China announced that flights between Beijing and Pyongyang will be suspended from Monday
- The Kremlin voiced concern about the escalation of tensions, and called for ‘restraint’ from all parties
- The Korean People’s Army in North Korea threatened to ‘pulverize’ US military bases in South Korea, and the South Korean presidential Blue House
- North Korea cited US-South Korean wargames, the deployment of a US aircraft carrier to the peninsula last weekend, as well as Trump’s recent tweets as the cause of the threat of war
- South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said saying Han’s remarks reveal the ‘true colours of North Korea’s government that is bellicose and a breaker of regulations’
- Japan said it is maintaining high levels of surveillance and taking ‘every possible measure’ to respond to any contingency on the Korean peninsula
North Korea’s military said it would ‘ruthlessly ravage’ the United States if Washington chose to attack.
The Korean People’s Army statement boasted that US military bases in the South ‘as well as the headquarters of evils such as the (South Korean presidential) Blue House would be pulverized within a few minutes’.
Han’s earlier comments come as tensions rise over the possibility Kim Jong-un’s regime will launch another nuclear weapons test tomorrow as North Korea marks the national holiday Day of the Sun, commemorating the birth of the country’s founding father Kim Il Sung.