The demonstrative and diminutive dictator of the DPRK is once again rattling his sabers in the direction of the United States, and is using verbiage designed to get a rise.
For months, Kim Jong Un has been incessantly bothersome to President Donald Trump and the U.S. allies that are within striking distance of his purported nuclear weapons. Until the summer of 2017, North Korea’s threats were taken with a rather large grain of salt due to the nation’s inability to test successfully test missiles and atomic warheads without error. With the dual July launches of the nation’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles all of that changed.
Shortly after those first-of-their-kind rockets splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, the hermit kingdom made another supposed breakthrough in the testing of a thermonuclear hydrogen bomb deep underground. This test, while deemed possible by the international community, has remained shrouded in some mystery. The advent of a hydrogen bomb would mark an enormous shift in the abilities of North Korea to defend themselves, and thusly put the world on edge. Their latest claim was that they were planning to test such a weapon above ground – a massive breach of global decorum at which many scoffed.
Now the tiny, angry nation is warning the world to take the threat seriously…or else.
“A senior North Korean official has issued a stern warning to the world that it should take ‘literally’ his country’s threat to test a nuclear weapon above ground.
“The official, Ri Yong Pil, told CNN in an exclusive interview in Pyongyang that the threat made by North Korea’s foreign minister last month should not be dismissed. North Korea ‘has always brought its words into action,’ Ri said, visibly angry.
“Speaking on a visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly last month, Ri Yong Ho, the foreign minister, raised the possibility that North Korea could test a powerful hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean. The threat came hours after US President Donald Trump threatened to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in a speech to the UN.“‘The foreign minister is very well aware of the intentions of our supreme leader, so I think you should take his words literally,’ Ri told CNN in Pyongyang.”