“If the US imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival… our troops will fire our nuclear-armed rockets at the White House and the Pentagon – the sources of all evil.”
This is next in a long line of reckless statements by North Korea, including calling the female President of South Korea a ” dirty political harlot” and President Barack Obama a “monkeyish human monstrosity.” Its human rights violations, according to the UN Commission on Inquiry, have “no parallel anywhere in the world.” Despite its weak economy, its developing nuclear arsenal, developing ballistic missile arsenal, and its army–the fourth largest army in the world–pose danger to developed nations such as South Korea, Japan, and the US.
North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests, but experts believe it does not yet possess the ability to apply nuclear material to warheads and still is a long way off from doing so. It also has tested short and medium range ballistic missiles. It has passed on ballistic missiles to Iran and Syria. And its ballistic missiles can currently hit South Korea and Japan.
Six-Party Talks to remove nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula occurred between North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, Russia, and the US; they started in 2003 and ceased in 2009 without any solid resolution.
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Some may laugh off statements about North Korea ever nuking DC; but its ability to hit South Korea and Japan, and its choice of pals including Iran, Syria, and Hamas it has sent arms to in the past render it a current geopolitical threat. What do you think? How should the US react ( if it does react) to North Korea?