- U.S.-North Korea Nuclear War ‘May Break Out at Any Moment,’ Pyongyang’s UN Ambassador Says
by JASON LE MIERE, http://www.newsweek.com/
North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Kim In-ryong, said at a press conference Monday that the United States has “created a dangerous situation in which a thermo-nuclear war may break out at any moment.”
The comments come at a time of rapidly increasing tension between North Korea and the United States over its continued nuclear and missile tests. Speaking at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Kim excoriated the U.S. for more than 30 minutes, stating that it was solely to blame for an escalation in rhetoric and the push toward military confrontation.
“The U.S. introduced in South Korea, the Korean peninsula, the world’s biggest hotspot, a huge nuclear strategic asset, seriously threatening the peace and security of the peninsula and pushing it to the brink of war,” he said. “It has created a dangerous situation in which a thermo-nuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula and poses a serious threat to the world peace and security to say nothing of those in Northeast Asia.”
Kim accused the U.S. of engaging in repeated military exercises in the peninsula. He added that the U.S. was “hell bent on dangerous saber rattling and criminal harassment of the peace in the peninsula and the rest of Northeast Asia.” He went on to say that “the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.”