Nuclear War Yet? How About Now? By James Reed

     The media, preoccupied with Trump, endless racism and the winter Olympics, have forgotten about North Korea, until now:

“North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador has warned that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment”. Kim In-ryong told the UN general assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defence.

He pointed to large-scale military exercises every year using “nuclear assets” and said what is more dangerous is what he called a US plan to stage a “secret operation aimed at the removal of our supreme leadership”. This year, Kim said, North Korea completed its “state nuclear force and thus became the full-fledged nuclear power which possesses the delivery means of various ranges, including the atomic bomb, H-bomb and intercontinental ballistic rockets”.

“The entire US mainland is within our firing range and if the US dares to invade our sacred territory even an inch it will not escape our severe punishment in any part of the globe,” he warned.”

     Ok, nothing new here, just the same old, “we need nukes to deal with US aggression blah blah.” This huffing and puffing may all be uneventful in the short term, but in the longer term, a nuclear-armed North Korea will mean that they can aid every other nation and groups wanting bombs, including jihadist groups. Thanks China and Russia for helping here:

     Have they worked out yet that they live and die on the same planet as all of us?  



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Thursday, 18 July 2024

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