North Korea Threatens U.S. With Nuclear Attack At Any Sign Of Pre-Emptive Strike

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With the USS Carl Vinson carrier group steaming toward the Korean peninsula for what some speculate may be to launch a "decapitation" strike on the Kim Jong-Un regime, on Tuesday North Korean state media threatened the US with a nuclear attack at any sign of a U.S. pre-emptive strike, and warned it is ready for "war" as Washington tightened the screws on the nuclear-armed state.

USS Carl Vinson carrier group

North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the country was prepared to respond to any aggression by the United States. "Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the U.S. invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theatre but also in the U.S. mainland," it said.

The North's foreign ministry, in a statement carried by its KCNA news agency, said the U.S. navy strike group's approach showed America's "reckless moves for invading had reached a serious phase".

"We never beg for peace but we will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms and keep to the road chosen by ourselves," an unidentified ministry spokesman said.

Tensions escalated sharply over the past week on the Korean peninsula with talk of imminent military action by the United States gaining traction following its strikes last week against Syria and amid concerns the reclusive North may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test.

The North also convened a Supreme People's Assembly session on Tuesday, one of its twice-yearly sessions in which major appointments are announced and national policy goals are formally approved. Delegates from around the North have been arriving in Pyongyang ahead of the assembly session. They visited statues of previous leaders Kim Il Sung and his son, Kim Jong Il, state media reported.

Saturday is the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the country's founding father and grandfather of current ruler, Kim Jong Un. A military parade is expected in the North's capital, Pyongyang, to mark the day. North Korea often also marks important anniversaries with tests of its nuclear or missile capabilities in breach of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Thousands of troops and top military officials gathered in Pyongyang on Monday to pledge loyalty to leader Kim Jong-Un ahead of his grandfather's birth anniversary, state media said.

State TV showed thousands of goose-stepping soldiers marching in unison, carrying giant portraits of the regime's founder Kim Il-Sung and his son, Kim Jong-Il, in front of the Kumsusan mausoleum where their embalmed bodies are on display.

"If they (the US and the South) try to ignite the spark of war, we will wipe out all of the invaders without a trace with... our strong pre-emptive nuclear strike," Hwang Pyong-So, director of the political bureau at the North's army, said in a speech.

According to Reuters, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sent a message of congratulations to mark the event, lambasting "big powers" for their "expansionist" policy.

"The friendly two countries are celebrating this anniversary and, at the same time, conducting a war against big powers' wild ambition to subject all countries to their expansionist and dominationist policy and deprive them of their rights to self-determination," Russian news agency Tass quote the message as saying.

North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. The North regularly threatens to destroy the South and its main ally, the United States.

Meanwhile, a few hundred kilometers to the south, South Korean acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn warned of "greater provocations" by North Korea and ordered the military to intensify monitoring and to ensure close communication with the United States. "It is possible the North may wage greater provocations such as a nuclear test timed with various anniversaries including the Suprme People's Assembly," said Hwang, acting leader since former president Park Geun-hye was removed amid a graft scandal.

South Korean officials also took pains to quell talk in social media of an impending security crisis or outbreak of war. "We'd like to ask precaution so as not to get blinded by exaggerated assessment about the security situation on the Korean peninsula," Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-kyun said.

The South's prime minister and acting president warned of a "grave provocation" by the North to coincide with other anniversaries, including the army's founding day on April 25. "There is a possibility that the North launches more grave provocations such as another nuclear test to mark a number of anniversaries," Hwang Kyo-Ahn said in a cabinet meeting.

On Monday, the Chosun South Korean newspaper reported that 150,000 Chinese troops had been deployed to the Chinese border to "prepare for unforeseen circumstances" such as the prospect of "military options."

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Alongside Syria, North Korea has emerged as one of the most pressing foreign policy problems facing the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. It has conducted five nuclear tests, two of them last year, and is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the United States. The Trump administration is reviewing its policy towards North Korea and has said all options are on the table, including military strikes, but U.S. officials said non-military action appears to be at the top of the list if any action were to be taken.

Speaking on the topic of US policy vis-a-vis NK, Russia's foreign ministry, in a statement ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said it was concerned about many aspects of U.S. foreign policy, and particularly concerned about North Korea.

"We are really worried about what Washington has in mind for North Korea after it hinted at the possibility of a unilateral military scenario," a statement said. "It's important to understand how that would tally with collective obligations on de-nuclearising the Korean peninsula, something that is underpinned in U.N. Security Council resolutions."

As a reminder, last week the U.S. Navy strike group Carl Vinson was diverted from planned port calls to Australia and would move towards the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula as a show of force. That said, those expecting an imminent strikes by the US on North Korea may have to wait: U.S. officials said it would still take the strike group more than a week to arrive near the Korean peninsula.

And then there is China.

According to Reuters, China and South Korea agreed on Monday to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea if it carried out nuclear or long-range missile tests, a senior official in Seoul said. On Tuesday, a fleet of North Korean cargo ships was heading home to the port of Nampo, the majority of it fully laden, after China ordered its trading companies to return coal from the isolated state to curb coal traffic, sources with direct knowledge of the trade said.

The order was given on April 7, just as Trump and Xi were set for the summit where the two agreed the North Korean nuclear advances had reached a "very serious stage", Tillerson said. As we reported at the end of February, China joined western nations in further isolating the Kim regime when banned all imports of North Korean coal on Feb. 26, cutting off the country's most important export product.

As well as the anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birth, there are several other North Korean anniversaries in April that could be opportunities for weapon tests, South Korean officials have said.

As reported two weeks ago, satellite imagery from 38 North has shown that North Korea is seen ready to conduct its sixth nuclear test at any time, with movements detected by satellite at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Should Kim do that as the US carrier is in proximity, it will likely be the last thing he ever does.

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Haus-Targaryen's picture

That fat kid is going to get the shit kicked out of him. 

dark fiber's picture

Are you kidding me?  I love this guy, Baghdad Bob was just a sidekick doing a job.  This guy is a natural. A true artist.  He is such an unappreciated talent.  No wonder he is grumpy most of the time.

divingengineer's picture

He lacks the showmanship, and vocabulary, of his father.
Kimmy could really throw out the $5 words, came up with some real zingers.

ne-tiger's picture

Wouldn't you think the fat ass's not crazy developing nukes? When Iraq WMD bullshit was going on, I said Saddam had no nukes, otherwise, US of A would not invade.

eforce's picture

Does Kim not have the right to bear nuclear arms?

Also what if this country is liberated and the people aren't living as shitty as first though?

Whoa Dammit's picture

If the people weren't living  shitty , they surely will be by the time we get through with them. Why can't we just leave them alone?

The Phu's picture

The article says that there's a military parade on Saturday.  Methinks that that means Fat Boy will be exposed and in the open, along with several thousand soldiers and tanks, rockets, etc.  Sounds like a great time to fly a B-2 over with a 150 kiloton "firework" to help them celebrate... just saying...  It would put a Fourth of July parade to shame... IMHO.

dark fiber's picture

Careful what goes around comes around.  It is about time the US stopped learning lessons the hard way don't you think?

Budnacho's picture

Oh C'mon, Military goes in, blows the shit out of everything, corporations swoop in, McDonalds & Starbucks in Pyongyang by Xmas....Dow to 30,000...

 

Iraq 1&2 were just practice...I'm sure *This* time we've got it juuuuuust right...

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The Juggernaut's picture

If there needs to be nukes... make DC the only one on the list.  They've sold out the People for far too long.

AllTimeWhys's picture

I love that North Korea's statements try to use flashy vocabulary like something out of medieval times. "OUR ARMY IS STEADFAST AND TRUE. OUR POWER IS UNMATCHED. WE SHALL CRUSH ALL THOSE WHO THREATEN US. OUR ARROWS WILL BLOT OUT THE SUN."

Oh regional Indian's picture

They probably have more men with balls than the entire United Cunts of America who will still tuck their tails between their legs and fly United because you had to.

Bellicose on keyboards, pussies in life... you live in a pussified nation.

Now go on, brag about your guns and your militia, quick....

Or say Hindoo or Rajeesh or give some shitty Appu reference...

 

AllTimeWhys's picture

Come at me keyboard bro, lets see who can pound the shift key harder.

skepsis101's picture

ORI, you've been on ZH a very long time.  I truly miss your wit and irony, and especially the punning of words. What changed all that?  You seem far less certain.  I do know that times have/are changing rapidly.  But I am actually quite curious about your own circumstances as well as your take.

With all due respect,

a most skeptical one.

 

 

 

 

imaginalis's picture

There is nowhere on earth with a more compliant and subservient population than India. 

Akzed's picture

You're speaking English. How'd that come about?

ceilidh_trail's picture

His family was conquered a century ago. Now, he works for us.

P-51 Stiletto's picture

You're funny. Profess your Indianism-Hindu cattle worship as you sell me a slim-jim and some beef jerky. Jerk. 

Head_Shots_Work's picture

Dearest Indian, 

Obviously not one of the American ones because we murdered almost all of them right? And you think we can't and won't still? You think the US is full of those pricks you see on TV - those turd democrat pussies in DC, those faggot TV talking heads but I'm here to tell you the US is full of assholes like me who love to shoot our AR15's (and can because we own lots of them) and kill shit. It's what we do. Then we stuff it and hang it on the wall, and eat all of the meat. We are the fed up assholes who elected Trumpie over that demon from hell Hillary. She's truly the only thing on earth that scared me. Trust me, when I saw that United video I thought "what the fuck is wrong with that pussy?" doctor or not I would have broken one of those fuckers neck before they dragged me down the isle - and I wouldn't have been screaming because I would have had to have been unconcious. I had at least four 8th great grandfathers that I know of so far who kicked the most powerful country in the worlds ass back in the late 1700's. Something in our Scottish blood (and the rest of our immigrant laden blood) makes us the meanest motherfuckers on the planet when our backs are up against the wall  - or almost any time we just 'feel like it' - just ask - let's see - the English, the Germans, the Italians, and literally anyone else who decided to fuck with us. Indians - hoo hah - you talk about pussies. Pretty cute women though - we'll take your women! Actually you guys did have bunch of cutt throats (literally) the Chindits and the ghurka's so hats off to them - but I gotta ask - you realize that all American men are now over 6' tall? and highly weaponized? And - do you guys have an army, or airforce or navy? One submarine? I actually don't know. Do you have an aircraft carrier? I think it might be kind of a funny sight - all those guys in diapers running all around the deck trying to launch your one biplane. 

There - was that good for you? It was for me! hoo hah - but remember - India is normally on the right side (yep - that's OUR side) so be sure you stay there. The bullies best friend never got picked on either. 

Multi's picture

What the fuck went wrong with #AgentOrange (a.k.a. Donald Trump)?

Russia? North Korea? these two have nukes. When shit goes down everybody in the world will be fucked, but I sincerely hope that at least the promoters of all this madness, i.e. Israel and its colony between Mexico and Canada, are also taken care of. Putin, Chubby Chink with funny haircut, please...   PLEASE, aim carefully, don't let the culprits off the hook.

HenryHall's picture

Blame a bad translation.

The statement was not made in English.

RickyJabbour's picture

not long ago there weren't many people talking about this

gotta love it now...seems t to be many

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1Lh1pKyowM

Déjà view's picture

A few cruise missles launched against their decrepit electrical grid...throw a few folded paper airplanes into the air...see who laughs last fat fuck...

150,000 troops will be needed to keep peace on their own streets...U.S. embargo on Chinese crap goods...shut factories...I'd be losing sleep if I were Chicom...inferior everything in China! 

Michael Bay's picture
Michael Bay (not verified) Déjà view Apr 11, 2017 10:34 AM

Burger shouldn`t be even opening his mouth about somebody else`s electric grid.

Déjà view's picture

LACK OF electric grid...

http://www.citylab.com/work/2014/02/north-korea-night-looks-big-black-hole/8484/

JRobby's picture

What if one-third of the population of China threw their hats on to N Korea? The country would be leveled. Not a shot fired. 

You see the war machine propaganda for what it is. You certainly do not believe it? Hopefully.

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wren's picture

I'm betting we are hearing more about North Korea only because they are diverting attention away from Syria. I think media coverage in Syria will grind to a halt as the big banks, big oil, and military industrial complex, begin their invasion of Syria.

caconhma's picture

Fuck you  New Tyler Durden, a warmonger.

There is no doubt that a NK fat boy will use nuclear weapons. He has no other options since he is a dead man since cannot back up and/or lose.  He perfectly well knows what have happened to Saddam and Qaddafi.

What is next? To escalate to a global nuclear war? Do you fucking idiots think that China will just observe a nuclear war on its border?

caconhma's picture

If this NK Fat boy blows up two barges with nukes near San Francisco and LA then our great orange-face leader and his family will have no places to hide.

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

dobt forget that it wont take much to start a massive earthquake there

P-51 Stiletto's picture

Has anyone ever towed a "barge" across the Pacific? Methinks you protest too much... or know too little,

new game's picture

meanwhile china sending 150k human shields to stop the madness...

tmosley's picture

The difference is that literally anything is better than what they have now.

Communism is death. Even life under occupation (by non-communists) is better. We could also just walk away after the regime is toppled and let South Korea handle reunification.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think the US should be doing this, or be involved at all. If I were the president, we would have already pulled out of most of our military bases around the world, and offered nukes for sale to our allies who we would no longer be defending (at a steep markup at first, less later on as they could start their own programs). Let them handle their own affairs. But as far as military interventions for humanitarian purposes go, this one is the most justifiable, although it is also among the riskiest possible.

Stuck on Zero's picture

I love this statement: "Alongside Syria, North Korea has emerged as one of the most pressing foreign policy problems facing the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump."

Come again? Why are these our problems?

TwelveOhOne's picture

Agreed.  Where in "Make America Great Again" does it say "attack countries that are developing weapons we already own"?

(That is, if you "believe" in nuclear explosions.)

It's like the old saying, I'd rather have the tallest building by building it -- than by razing the taller buildings nearby.  (Because, a larger someone can always raze my building.)

NoDebt's picture

Looks like we're about to deliver another load of kinetic democracy on somebody.  

After we're done "liberating" the people of NK, we can sign them all up for Obamacare and give them EBT cards.  "We're from the United States government and we're here to help."

 

mkkby's picture

How is it that we can starve 25 million people and call it someone else's fault? 

NK has the same right to international trade as anyone else.  War has already been declared on them, and many millions have died or lived miserable lives.  Using a nuke in retaliation for that is ENTIRELY JUSTIFIED.

In the 50s under water nuclear tests were done.  An explosion under water would sink a large carrier group in one instant.  NK has submarines.  If I were Trump I wouldn't launch any tomahawks anywhere near these guys.  SK should be telling them to back the fuck off.  They could be glassed too.

Bay Area Guy's picture

Guess you don't give a shit about Seoul, only 120 miles away from Pyongyang.

There is no military solution to this situation that doesn't involve the killing of a lot of innocent people in both the North and the South, along with the destruction of Seoul.  You light off a nuke and fallout forces the evacuation of Seoul and kills a hell of a lot of innocent people in the North, although collateral damage seems to be the US's middle name these days.  You launch a conventional attack and all that artillery the North has aimed at Seoul goes boom and Seoul is reduced to rubble.

Scuba Steve's picture

There are No Winners ...

How about a nice game of Chess?

AnonG-Man's picture

And massacre civilians in the process.  Are you advocating for a War Crime?

Oh regional Indian's picture

Of course he (she) is. This is the new ZH. 

curbyourrisk's picture

Get Soros to approve it and it is not a war crime.

new game's picture

world police shoot first and then find a plastic pistol from walmart. yup gotta get er done...

puffer boy about to pull his plastic toy pistol and get glocked...

Mustafa Kemal's picture

What fun. Have you thought about what comes next?