North Korea Declares War

Did we just get a declaration of war against the United States from North Korea? After President Trump ordered the US Navy strike group Carl Vinson to the waters outside of North Korea, the North Korean government has become increasingly belligerent.

The North Koreans celebrated the anniversary (Day of the Sun) of the supreme leader and founder of the current North Korean regime Kim Il Sung on Saturday, April 15th.

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The Chinese are warning the North Koreans to take the Trump administration seriously. Kim Jong Un’s government responded to the warning by lashing out at the Chinese for being the “puppets” of the United States.

From the Associated Press interview, it sure sounds like they are considering their own preemptive strike against the United States rather than retaliating against an attack from the United States military:

North Korea’s vice foreign minister says, “We will go to war” if the U.S. chooses to provoke it.

Vice Minister Han Song Ryol spoke to The Associated Press in an exclusive interview in Pyongyang on Friday. He said the United States and President Donald Trump were making trouble in the region, citing Trump’s tweets and the U.S. for moving an aircraft carrier into the region and for participating in its largest-ever joint military exercises with South Korea.

Han said that in the face of such actions, North Korea “will go to war if they choose.” And it will continue developing its nuclear program and conduct its next nuclear test whenever its leaders see fit.

Han said: “We certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a U.S. pre-emptive strike.”

The North Koreans undoubtedly have been spooked by the Syrian bombardment and the massive bomb dropped on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s Afghanistan cave network:

Thae Yong Ho, a senior North Korean diplomat defector, Says Kim Jong Un is Desperate to Maintain Power

Thae Yong Ho is the most high profile North Korean defector in two decades. He was deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom when he defected to South Korea in August of last year.

He told NBC in an interview “Once he sees that there is any kind of sign of a tank or an imminent threat from America, then he would use his nuclear weapons with ICBM.” The former ambassador used acronym for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

North Korea Thae Yong Ho Interview
Lester Holt walks with North Korean defector Thae Yong Ho in an interview in Seoul, South Korea. (NBC News)

Although the former ambassador was not directly involved in North Korea’s weapons program, he believes that Kim Jong Un has pushed his country to reach a “very significant level of nuclear development.”

North Korea is estimated to have more than eight nuclear weapons. So far they have yet to demonstrated the engineering skill to attach them to a long-range rocket (ICBM), capable of hitting the U.S.

Kim Jong Un came to power in 2012 and has reigned as North Korea’s premier strongman. His tenure has been marked by the burning desire to engineer a nuclear weapon that can hit the U.S. In so doing, the North Korean leader has staged more tests of his missile technology than the entired combined history of the previous leadership.

Three of the five tests of North Korea’s nuclear devices have come under the watch of Kim Jong Un.

In the interview, Thae Yong Ho believes that declaring war against North Korea should not be out of the question stating “Kim Jong Un is a man who can do anything beyond the normal imagination, the final and the real solution to the North Korean nuclear issue is to eliminate Kim Jong Un from the post.” The former ambassador stated that Kim is “obsessed with obtaining nukes because he saw what happened to Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi.” Kim Jong Un saw the results of their abandonment of nuclear weapons which he does not want to be repeated in North Korea.

“That’s why Kim Jong Un strongly believes that only a nuclear weapon can guarantee his rule,” Thae announced.

Kim Jong Un Fails Missile Test

After a day of blustering and withering propaganda output by the official North Korean broadcast network, the Kim Jong Un administration tried to launch a missile to show the world its engineering might.

They failed. The missile blew up shortly after launch on Saturday, April 15th. It is now believed that the Trump administration used the United States cyberhacking expertise to hack into the missile and cause it to detonate moments after it was launched.

North Korean Nuclear War Imminent?

North Korea’s foreign minister today warned that North Korea will declare all out “nuclear war” will “break out at any moment.” He also vowed that the country will be testing missiles weekly.

The country’s foreign minister threatened the US with an “all out war” if Trump is “reckless enough to use military means.”

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un, stated strongly in a commentary, saying North Korea was fully prepared to weather any US attack. They also stated they are going to launch a preemptive strike against the US and its allies:

“In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes.”

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Looks like the North Koreans are threatening to declare war.

President Trump Responds, Says it’s up to China to End This

On April 21, President Trump told the Associated Press in an interview that the Chinese government has a responsibility to control their vassal state, North Korea. The President stated that “if China wants to solve the North Korean problem, they will.”

Trump has been aggressively pushing China’s government in both public and private channels to control Kim Jong Un and his nuclear threats. In a tweet on Friday, April 21st, Trump stated that China is the “economic lifeline” to North Korea.

North Korea Fires Yet Another Missile, Angering China

President Trump stated that the US and China would increase economic sanctions against the North Korean regime as it continues to fire missiles. On Thursday, April 27th, President Trump warned of a major, major conflict if the dictator doesn’t stop his actions.

The North Koreans have still refused to back down, daring the rest of the world to stop them:

And China ordered it to stand down its rocket testing or risk harsh sanctions.

In a failed test, a missile was launched from Pukchang Airfield north of the capital Pyongyang at around 9:30pm GMT.

US officials confirmed they had tracked the medium range weapon, which may have been nuclear capable, and that President Trump had been informed.

He later tweeted: “North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!”

The rocket exploded within North Korean territory above the Sea of Japan minutes after it was fired, military chiefs said.

“It’s possible that something could be sped up,” a senior White House official said of the potential for imposing new sanctions on North Korea.

“Something that’s ready to go could be taken from the larger package and expedited.”

Just hours earlier, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to stop North Korea’s nuclear and missile development could lead to “catastrophic consequences”.

 
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