On Monday, the United States and South Korea began a 10-day joint naval exercise, while North Korea continued with its threatening rhetoric in a conversation with the UN.
North Korea’s Deputy Ambassador Kim In Ryong told the UN General Assembly Committee that it will never dismantle its nuclear weapons unless America reverses its hostile policy.
Regarding tensions on the Korean peninsula, Kim In Ryong said it “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.”
“Unless the hostile policy and the nuclear threat of the US is thoroughly eradicated, we will never put our nuclear weapons and ballistic rockets on the negotiation table under any circumstance.”
Kim went on to say North Korea has passed the “final gate” of being a nuclear super power, and proceeded with more threatening words directed at the US.
“The entire US mainland is within our firing range and if the US dares to invade our sacred territory, even an inch, it will not escape our severe punishment in any part of the globe.”
Kim then told the U.N. General Committee that North Korea does not plan to target any country that doesn’t join the US against North Korea.
The diplomat said:
“As long as one does not take part in the US military actions against the DPRK, we have no intention to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against any other country.”
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This comes after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Trump wants to avoid war. Tillerson is quoted as telling CNN:
“Diplomacy will continue until the first bomb drops.”