North Korea released menacing statements regarding their intended actions should they feel threatened by US forces. Tensions have been building between the North Korea and the United States, leading Kim Jong-Un to claim it would “ruthlessly ravage” US troops, “pulverize” US bases in neighboring South Korea, and target “headquarters of evil” if President Donald Trump ordered an attack.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the statements demonstrate the rising tensions between the US and North Korea. Pyongyang’s Vice Minister Han Song Ryol blamed Trump and the US for the escalation, citing Trump’s “aggressive tweets” as a factor along with increased military exercises in South Korea and the presence of a US aircraft carrier near the Korean peninsula.
Han warned the US to avoid provoking North Korea saying, “We will go to war if they choose.”
The US attack on Syria last week, a response to the gas attack that resulted in the death of over 80 Syrian civilians, was also condemned by North Korea and may have been interpreted as a threat against the nation.
North Korea also points to Trump’s “troublemaking” as being responsible for the rising prospect of thermos-nuclear war. However, Han asserted that North Korea would continue the development of its nuclear program, including conducting another nuclear test whenever the country’s leadership sees fit.
There are concerns that North Korea will test a nuclear weapon tomorrow. April 15 marks the Day of the Sun, a national holiday based on commemorating the birth of Kim Il-Sung, the country’s founding father.
Other nations have also expressed concerns about the current political climate. China’s foreign minister Wang Yi warned that war could begin “at any moment” while stating any nation that provokes conflict will “pay the price.”
When faced with the prospect of war in the region, Wang said, “If a war occurs, the result is a situation in which everybody loses and there can be no winner.”
Russia has requested “restraint” from all parties involved. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, stated, “Moscow is watching with great concern the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula. We call for restraint from all countries and warn countries not to pursue actions that could consist of any provocative steps.”
Japan is taking “every possible measure” to ensure a quick response to any potential action on the Korean peninsula.