Pyongyang, North Korea. The Kim Jong-un administration reminded the USA today that any attempts at harming the DPRK or regime change, would be met with a full nuclear response in a rapid fashion.
American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program as North Korean state media warned America of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” and said don’t “mess with us”.
President Donald Trump has recently taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed advice from sole major ally China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programs in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.
“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,” Tillerson told reporters in Washington on Wednesday.
North Korean officials asked Tillerson to also review US policy for the last 16 years that has “killed over 2 million people worldwide,” in invasions for “corporate greed and profit.”
South Korea’s acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, at a meeting with top officials on Thursday, repeatedly called for the military to stand by him while South Korea’s President is brought to trial on corruption charges.
South Korean presidential candidates clashed on Wednesday night in a TV debate over the planned U.S.-supplied Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, which has angered China.
Candidate Kyo-ahn and Pence reaffirmed their plans to go ahead with the THAAD, but the decision will be up to the next Korean president. For its part, China says the system’s powerful radar is a threat to its security.
The North has warned of a nuclear strike against the United States if provoked. It has said it has developed a missile that can strike the mainland United States, but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology.
Meanwhile the USA goes out of it’s way to provoke a small nation on it’s home ground, with a number of nuclear weapons that could render vast sections of the Pacific Rim region uninhabitable for thousands of years.