It seems that there is a new, ridiculous threat coming out of North Korea every few hours these days, with no real end in sight.
For many Americans, this nonstop stream of hollow warnings from Kim Jong Un and his cronies has had a “boy who cried wolf” effect. While Kim’s words have been spilling forth at a record pace, only three events over the course of 2017 have been truly threatening to the United States: Twin ICBM launches in July and the subsequent test of a possible thermonuclear device shortly after. Other than those particular actions, Kim has been all talk.
And while that may be cause for a minor celebration, the odds aren’t necessarily in our favor due to the very nature of nuclear war…mostly due to the fact that it takes merely one detonation to forever change the shape of a conflict for the worse.
The most recent vitriol spewing forth from the dainty dictator comes with a strange twist, however, as there is a vague allusion to when Kim Jong Un may choose to finally let one loose in the direction of the U.S.
“’The U.S. is running amok by introducing under our nose the targets we have set as primary ones. The U.S. should expect that it would face unimaginable strike [sic] at an unimaginable time,’ warned an unnamed North Koran agency in a statement reportedlypublished by the Pyongyang-controlled Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday.
“Reuters, citing the Russian-controlled RIA Novosti news agency the following day, reported that a North Korean diplomat indicated that dictator Kim Jong-un does not intend to conduct any discussions with the United States over its nuclear program, claiming that having nukes is a ‘matter of life and death for us.’
“Choe Son-hui, the director-general of the North American department of North Korea’s foreign ministry, reportedly told a non-proliferation conference in Moscow that the United States would have to deal with North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.
“’This is a matter of life and death for us. The current situation deepens our understanding that we need nuclear weapons to repel a potential attack,’ he said. ‘We will respond to fire with fire.'”
There is no indication yet of when exactly that “unimaginable time” would be, but guesses around the punditry community have the upcoming holiday season in the crosshairs.
Kim has previously used his wild threats as leverage within the international community, in an attempt to negotiate for lessened sanctions and more effective trade agreements, with his tactics of escalation and deescalation being key steps in his diplomatic dance. These latests threats against the United States, however, have a bit of a different feel to them, and only time will tell if the madman of Pyongyang is serious.