North Korea Threatens US With "Super-Mighty Preemptive Strike"

Tyler Durden's picture

Whether China is right about North Korea conducting a nuclear test on April 25 remains to be seen, but for now Kim Jong-Un is content with merely escalating the verbal warfare and overnight North Korean state media warned the United States of a "super-mighty preemptive strike" following the latest round of comments by Rex Tillerson who said the United States was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear programme.

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, did not mince its words: "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" it said according to Reuters.

The threat will hardly come as a surprise: the reclusive communist nation regularly threatens to destroy Japan, South Korea and the United States "and has shown no let-up in its belligerence after a failed missile test on Sunday, a day after putting on a huge display of missiles at a parade in Pyongyang."

The comments come in response to Tillerson statement in Washington on Wednesday when he told reporters that "we're reviewing all the status of North Korea, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as the other ways in which we can bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us, but re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held,"

Furthermore, Paul Ryan said during a visit to London the military option must be part of the pressure brought to bear. "Allowing this dictator to have that kind of power is not something that civilised nations can allow to happen," he said in reference to Kim. Ryan said he was encouraged by the results of efforts to work with China to reduce tension, but that it was unacceptable North Korea might be able to strike allies with nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, the US and Russia clashed at the United Nations on Wednesday over a U.S.-drafted Security Council statement -  which has to be agreed by all participants in the 15-member council - to condemn North Korea's latest failed ballistic missile test. Curiously, diplomats said China had agreed to the statement.

Previous statements denouncing missile launches "welcomed efforts by council members, as well as other states, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue". The latest draft statement dropped "through dialogue" and Russia requested it be included again.

 

"When we requested to restore the agreed language that was of political importance and expressed commitment to continue to work on the draft ... the U.S. delegation without providing any explanations cancelled the work on the draft," the Russian U.N. mission said in a statement.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China believed in the Security Council maintaining unity. "Speaking with one voice is extremely important to the Security Council appropriately responding to the relevant issue on the peninsula," he told reporters.

With North Korean tensions lingering, there remains some confusion over the whereabouts of a U.S. aircraft carrier group after Trump said last week he had sent an "armada" as a warning to North Korea, even as the ships were still far from Korean waters. The U.S. military's Pacific Command explained that the USS Carl Vinson strike group first had to complete a shorter-than-planned period of training with Australia. It was now heading for the Western Pacific as ordered, it said.

The incident has also become a source of mockery for China, whose influential Global Times newspaper, which is published by the People's Daily, wondered whether the misdirection was deliberate.

"The truth seems to be that the U.S. military and president jointly created fake news and it is without doubt a rare scandal in U.S. history, which will be bound to cripple Trump's and U.S. dignity," it said.

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grunk's picture

What if it's off the coast of New Jersey?

OCnStiggs's picture

Iran has the east coast covered.

Pakistan has short and medium range tactical nukes that have been operational for decades. Iran, one of their partners in jihad, has the money to buy a few of the smaller weapon systems that could easily be mounted in a shipping container or hidden in any one of a dozen different medium sized ships. Sail it to ten miles off the US coast and them send it high over the Pensylvania/Ohio border and detonate it as an EMP weapon. In 60 days you will have killed over 70 million Americans. Forget the future Nuclear Iran. They are most likely already a nuclear country with the aim of taking out Tel Aviv and our east coast, likely simultaneously.

The US MUST believe this is a threat because they have installed a new Anti-Ballistic-Missile (ABM) system in the northeast which became fully operational in 2015. It covers roughly from North Carolina north to Boston and all the major cities inbetween. Whether Obama cut the funding for deployment in the west is unknown. He did stop efforts to harden our electrical grid and used the money for social (vote buying) programs. Unless Trump is aware of the threat, that program is likely still unfunded. I pray it is rapidly underway in secrecy, especially in view of the recent threats by the Soviets on their EMP capabilities.

As for NK, I think any attempts to get a sub off our coast would be futile. That sub would "disappear" crossing the Mariana's Trench, never to be heard from again. Any surface boat would likely be shadowed by an AEGIS class destroyer with its own ABM capability. I do know that so great was the concern for the then "exposed" west coast, the NAVY modified the west coast based AEGIS boats to serve as ABM platforms awaiting the land based systems. The east coast had been protected by these same AEGIS boats before the east coast land based system was made operational. I saw a local interview of an AEGIS boat that had made San Diego its new home port and the officer discussing the ships capabilities mentioned the ABM role.

The Cold War was nice because the players were minimal: US and USSR. The world we live in today is far more dangerous and much less stable. To not have our defenses up now may truly prove to be our end. Lets hope they have managed to get some things done and more done very quickly. The EMP measures were to take less than a year and cost under $500 million. That is budgetarilly insignificant measured against the risk.

The Gladiator's picture

"state sponsorship of terrorism". WTF?

 Ah, yes. Those nasty Korean terrorists. I remember well the times they caused havok in, uh, in, in in........well shit! I can't remember where,but I know they did it somewhere!

Marley's picture

shouldn't publish this, or maybe you're intentions are Russian.  This just gives the miniPutin his chance for a false flag.

SHADEWELL's picture

You must. Not visit this site often

ZH is Putin's paid mouthpiece

Right Whopper Goldberg?

bshirley1968's picture

This is really a contest between Trump and Kim to see who can use the most "beautiful words".  Like Trump, this guy "knows words........such beautiful words."

Some funny stuff, right there!  LMAO

Shibboleth's picture

This brings me flashbacks to Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf.

ILIKEMITTENS's picture

Brings me flashbacks of a bunch of tards that got fleeced while "worrying" about "the kids" and "national security" and other stupid shit that dont matter.

Pumpkin's picture

He certainly may be a stupid short little dumb fuck.  But he has never extorted my money (property).

Expat's picture

It's gonna be a yuge strike. The biggest strike ever. Most amazing strike.  You'll love it.

Malus's picture

Its all just a show folks. Nothing to see but lies and manipulations. NK a threat? Launch a missle at the US? Yeah right. Nobody is that stupid except the sheep that watch mainstream....

Expat's picture

It is theoretically possible for the North Koreans to launch a missile into Duluth with warheads containing ebola infected squirrels trained to climb up white, christian legs and nibble on the genitals until they draw blood. The technology exists to build such a missile and infect squirrels with Ebola.  If the north Koreans ever get their hands on Western squirrel-dressing technology, we might be doomed...at least Iowa is.

Fox News also reported that North Korea could theoretically stop taunting the West, withdraw entirely inside its borders, and become a hermit kingdom.  This would probably infuriate Trump and the Pentagon who would be forced to provoke North Korea with limited conventional attacks until they replied.  This is possible and terrifying.

CNBC has reported that if North Korea were able to invent a time machine they could go back and fuck the Virgin Mary in 2 BC, turn her out, and destroy Christianity.   This would lead to the world being totally not Christian and probably gay and Muslim.  We MUST stop North Korea from fucking the Virgin Mary by all means possible.

Kendle C's picture

Hey Tillerson! How do you propose we "re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held" when that footing was established as a cease fire by a defeated American foe? What? You think you are an EMPIRE now? Some hubris there. How about you get back home to the cornfields, stop saber rattling and shut the fuck up? Everyone knows, as before, as with the first Korean conflict, as with Viet Nam, this shit morphes into US vs China. IDIOTS!

Sebastianbelle's picture

I never realized there were so many pussy Zerohegers! You all act so Cocksure until the game really has to be played. It is time for NK to put up or shut up! All this tough talk is for show. You think he has the goods to take us out first? We have a plane sitting in March Airforce that has been decommissioned because it is outdated. It flies over 2,000 miles per hour! You all need to grow a set!

ctiger2's picture

Whoever's got the smallest hands will strike first!

847328_3527's picture

South Korea is a beautiful country with great food, safe streets and nice friendly people.

 

I hope all this doesn't fuck that up like everything else does.

Expat's picture

Well, that is recent.  Up until the 90's it was a rather harsh right-wing dictatorship run by the CIA and the Pentagon.

 

ILIKEMITTENS's picture

Fo you and me, thats all gone now.

ThrowAwayYourTV's picture

Let the EMPs FLY Baby! Go EMPs, Go! Go! Go! Fly EMPs, Fly! Fly! Fly!

johnnycanuck's picture

As Trump and Team Geriatrics compete for the World Championship Bellicosity Belt with such stars as North Korea's Kim Un,  China's Xi prepares to host 110 countries "in Beijing next month for the New Silk Road summit, China's biggest diplomatic event of the year."

"Projects along China's New Silk Road must be open to Europeans, the EU's top diplomat said on Thursday, as China's prepares its first summit dedicated to the ambitious plan to link Asia, Africa and Europe.

President Xi Jinping has championed what China calls the "One Belt, One Road" initiative involving billions of dollars of investment in infrastructure including roads, railways, ports and power grids.

 

"Obviously, for us it is essential that the opportunities are opened up for all including Europeans," the EU's top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, told students at the elite Tsinghua University in Beijing"

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-eu-idUSKBN17M0MC?utm_campaign=tr...

 

And from Russia's Pravdaru;

"Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, speaking on Hong Kong's Fenghuang TV channel, said that China was ready, if necessary, to provide Russia with all possible assistance - from economic to military spheres."

http://www.pravdareport.com/news/russia/kremlin/20-04-2017/137558-putin_...

 

 

me or you's picture

Now I understand what it's all about. 

Grandad Grumps's picture

Super mighty? Are they beautiful missiles? We need beautiful missiles.

I think AI has flipped a circuit.

One World Mafia's picture

Economic sanctions are an act of war so Washington is provoking again and again.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Lol.  So just trade with them while they become the sixth biggest nuclear power in the world?  

OCnStiggs's picture

Do you just make this stuff up? Does Soros program you guys to say everything is an act of war? C'mon. We won't tell.

me or you's picture

Maybe this is the reason behind behind all this mess.: 

EU's top diplomat says China's New Silk Road must be open to Europeans.

 

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN17M0MC?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:...

 

 

reTARD's picture

Is anything even real anymore? All political theater...

ILIKEMITTENS's picture

Thank GOD! Helloooo! I mean, like, its about time.:)

ironmace's picture

Oooohhhh, super mighty. Better get my sauce pot helmet.

TePikoElPozo's picture

Pfft... your super mighty is no match for my awesome eagle powers!!!

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

The threat will hardly come as a surprise: the reclusive communist nation regularly threatens to destroy Japanize, South Korea and the United States......

 

So what do we do now?  Wait until he has 100 reliable nuclear weapons and reliable long range missiles?

 

The decision would be easier if we hadn't wasted our money (1 trillion in the middle east starting with the second gulf war?) and military on permawar in the middle east and if war fatigue hadn't set in.

 

Now a 200 billion dollar war to stop a real threat to our national interest seems out of reach.   I think Kim knows it and is going to stay in the news and be a thorn in our side the entire Trump presidency.

AntiSocialLoser's picture

Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump both have the same puppetmasters... Divide and Conquer is the name of the game......

az_patriot's picture

This is such fake news -- all of it.  The facts are this:  NK is a backwards, militarized shithole with decades-old technology and a fat tyrant with a big mouth in charge.  If the psych case running the country launches anything that appears threatening, NK will be annihilated using conventional weapons and there will NOT be WW III.  We will shoot whatever it is out of the sky, and flatten every launch site and military installation in NK.  China would prefer to keep NK intact, and Trump has given them every reason to step up to the plate before we have to.  The Russians will sit in the bleachers and watch.

OCnStiggs's picture

The NK author of that propaganda release knows if he doesn't paint NK as the baddest country that ever was, his family will be sent to a labor camp, likely never to be seen again. If he doesn't please his boss, he may end up facing a firing squad.

Much has been said about NK's "10,000 pieces of artillery" aimed at SK. Who knows how many they have? Have they been maintained? Has the ammo for these weapons been replaced over time? Few things are more dangerous than firing 70 year-old artillery shells that have a high frequency of blowing up during firing. Remember, Saddam Hussein had Bagdhad Bob say the same things. We know how that worked out...

 

Pinefox's picture

Trump is doing exactly what he said he would do.  He has manipulated China into handling North Korea.  In 2013 the population was estimated at 24.9 million.  Take out the women, children and old folks, there aren't many left to pose a threat.  The peacock who rules North Korea will be taken out before the country would commit suicide by nuclear.  

PontifexMaximus's picture

Who sends the paycheck to kim, he makes the markets heading north.

Mr. Schmilkies's picture

North Korea must be really starving to issue such words.  As soon as we give them food, they will calm down, same as always.  But Trump is handling this differently from previous prezs.

Fourth Horseman's picture

HIS PREEMPTIVE STRIKE IS OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In.Sip.ient's picture

You know, there are always "IF"s in every

NK declaration???

 

 

Jethro's picture

Lil Kim isn't a threat to anybody but his own people (and the occasional Japanese kidnapping victim). But, if he has the ability to launch a nuke to CONUS, can he please hit UC Berkley, San Francisco and Silicon Valley? Come on Lil Kim....do us a solid.

Joebloinvestor's picture

Sounds like the time is right to blow up another train station.

 

Hopefully this time they set the timer right.

Land Snark's picture

If I were prone to conspiracy....ahem....I might think the USSR is using NK as a straw dog to actually pull off a EMP close to our shores. Hell, they're easy to blame and a nice regional blackout is exactly what the deep state could use to deflect the useful media for quite a long time while they get back to "fixing" things.

Northern Flicker's picture

Missing Caption: Flat Earth Society binoculars help Kim track the US armada in far-off oceans. 

eekastar's picture

whatever will probably drop in his own backyard. end of that.

SHADEWELL's picture

Kimmo son

You and Aaron Hernandez

twins

Oh yes it is a toomaah

You gonna get whacked .... like ripping out a bad tooth

are we there yet's picture

Next fat Kimmie will put us on double secret probation aka kaddy shack.