North Korea: ‘Moment Of Explosion’ Approaching Fast

North Korea 'Moment Of Explosion' Approaching FastNorth Korea stirred up fresh unease in Northeast Asia early Thursday, threatening attacks by a “smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear force and warning, “The moment of explosion is approaching fast.”

‘War will break out’

The new threat came after the North Koreans locked South Korean workers out of a joint factory complex and announced plans to restart a nuclear reactor it shut down five years ago. Meanwhile, the United States announced it was sending ballistic missile defenses to Guam, a Pacific territory that’s home to U.S. naval and air bases.

“The moment of explosion is approaching fast. No one can say a war will break out in Korea or not and whether it will break out today or tomorrow,” North Korea’s state news agency KCNA declared in its latest broadside. “The responsibility for this grave situation entirely rests with the U.S. administration and military warmongers keen to encroach upon the DPRK’s sovereignty and bring down its dignified social system with brigandish logic.”

DPRK is short for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the official name for North Korea.

‘Path to peace’

Most observers say the North is still years away from having the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead on a missile. But U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the North Korean threats to Guam, Hawaii and the U.S. mainland have to be taken seriously. But Hagel also said there was still a “responsible” path for the North to take.

“I hope the North will ratchet this very dangerous rhetoric down,” Hagel said. “There is a pathway that is responsible for the North to get on a path to peace working with their neighbors. There are many, many benefits to their people that could come. But they have got to be a responsible member of the world community, and you don’t achieve that responsibility and peace and prosperity by making nuclear threats and taking very provocative actions.”

Do you think a war will really break out? What will it take for North Korea to forsake its nuclear ambitions?

Source: Matt Smith, CNN

Image: NY Daily News

North Korea Issues Fresh Threat To U.S. Military Bases

North Korea Issues Fresh Threat To U.S. Military BasesNorth Korea on Tuesday served up its latest round of threats against the United States, saying it plans to place military units tasked with targeting U.S. bases under combat ready status.

‘All the enemy targets’

The Supreme Command of the North Korean military said it “will put on the highest alert all the field artillery units including strategic rocket units and long-range artillery units, which are assigned to strike bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor troops in the U.S. mainland and on Hawaii and Guam and other operational zone in the Pacific, as well as all the enemy targets in South Korea and its vicinity.”

Angered by tougher U.N. sanctions and joint military exercises by the United States and South Korea, Pyongyang has issued a range of bombastic threats in recent weeks. The announcement this month by the United States that its B-52 bombers were making flights over South Korea as part of the military exercises particularly enraged the North, which warned of reprisals if the sorties continued.

‘Pre-emptive nuclear strikes’

The U.S. Department of Defense responded to the North’s latest saber-rattling by reiterating its confidence that it can fend off whatever the regime of Kim Jong Un can come up with. The slew of fiery rhetoric from Pyongyang in the past few weeks has included threats of pre-emptive nuclear strikes against the United States and South Korea, as well as the declaration that the armistice that stopped the Korean War in 1953 is no longer valid.

Most observers say North Korea is still years away from having the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead on a missile, but it does have has plenty of conventional military firepower, including medium-range ballistic missiles that can carry high explosives for hundreds of miles.

Do you think North Korea will really carry out its bombastic threats to the U.S.? What would it take to stop NoKor to achieve its nuclear objectives?

Source: Jethro Mullen

Image: The Sun