With United States military building up nearby, N Korea warns US of nuclear strike. N Korea is taking the buildup nearby as a threat of invasion. To simplify things, if the US continues continues to attack on many fronts, a nuclear war will result.
Pyongyang’s warning comes after U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) deployed three nuclear-capable B-2 bombers to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on August 10 in response to North Korea’s repeated test firings of ballistic missiles. North Korea, however, took the deployment as a sign of near-imminent armed aggression.
“The U.S. attempt to invade the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] is getting ever more reckless,” a North Korean official said in a signed statement cited by South Korean news agency, Yonhap.
“The U.S. evermore undisguised reinforcement of the nuclear force goes to clearly prove that it is trying to make a preemptive nuclear strike at the DPRK a fait accompli.”
“The right to make a preemptive nuclear strike is not the monopoly of the U.S.,” the statement ominously added. “The DPRK’s revolutionary armed forces … are ready to deal a merciless and annihilating blow to the enemy if they make even the slightest provocation.”
In addition to the nuclear B-2s, the U.S. has also replaced its ailing Guam fleet of B-52s with an unknown number of long-range B-1 bombers and has deployed hundreds of forces to the air base.
“The B-1 units bring a unique perspective and years of repeated combat and operational experience from the Central Command theater to the Pacific,” an Air Force statement cited by Japan Times explained at the end of July. “They will provide a significant rapid global strike capability that enables our readiness and commitment to deterrence, offers assurance to our allies, and strengthens regional security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”
North Korea also asserted the deployment directly contradicts Washington’s calls for “denuclearization” — a valid, if biting, criticism given President Obama’s flagrant hypocrisy in the matter.
During his visit to Hiroshima in May, Obama reiterated the need for “a world without nuclear weapons” — just days after a report from the Department of Defense revealed, as the Washington Post put it, “the government Obama oversees — a government which manages the second-largest nuclear stockpile in the world — had dismantled fewer of its nuclear devices than in any year since at least 1980.”
Considering the $1 trillion putative ‘modernization’ of the U.S. nuclear weapons supply — and the recent announcement by the National Nuclear Security Administration that billions would be allotted to upgrade the B61 airborne nuclear bomb — Pyongyang’s interpretation of American presence in the turbulent Asia-Pacific theater doesn’t seem off the mark.
Indeed, tensions in the South China Sea and surrounding area have escalated to alarming proportions in recent months.
South Korea recently agreed to deploy the U.S. anti-missile defense system THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) to the consternation of both China and North Korea, whose recent ballistic missile tests are thought to be in direct response. In fact, THAAD deployment sparked heated controversy in South Korea, as well, with at least one report citing a prominent opposition leader saying President Park Geun-hye could theoretically face impeachment over the decision.
Though, superficially, THAAD could be viewed as an aggressive act, as Ankit Panda wrote for the Diplomat, by design it is constrained to use as a defense system — the Terminal portion of the system’s name has to do with intercepting and destroying missiles in their ‘terminal’ stage, as they fall to earth — thus North Korea’s and China’s affront seems at least somewhat unfounded.
Nonetheless, North Korea resorted to its oft-repeated vow to turn Seoul into a “sea of flames” — this time backing up the assertion with a propagandic CGI-enhanced video replete with boasts of the country’s military prowess.
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N Korea Warns US Of Nuclear Strike