North Korea Warns United Nations of Possible Nuclear War

Kim In Ryong, North Korea's deputy United Nations ambassador
Kim In Ryong, North Korea's deputy United Nations ambassador

North Korea’s deputy United Nations ambassador Kim In Ryong informed the UN general assembly’s disarmament committee that the situation in the Korean peninsula “has reach the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.”

According to Kim In Ryong, North Korea is the only country in the world that has been directly threatened by the United States’ nuclear weaponry since the 1970s. According to him, Pyongyang has the right to possess nuclear weapons for self-defense and the U.S. are directly threatening them with its own nuclear arsenal.

United Nations General Assembly
United Nations General Assembly

Kim labelled North Korea’s nuclear and missile arsenal “a precious strategic asset that cannot be reversed or bartered for anything.”

“Unless the hostile policy and the nuclear threat of the US is thoroughly eradicated, we will never put our nuclear weapons and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table under any circumstances,” Kim said.

North Korea’s nuclear arsenal also includes intercontinental ballistic missiles that could reach the U.S. mainland and Pyongyang’s regime could launch an attack at any moment. However, Kim Jong Un knows such action would mean total destruction of his regime and would see North Korea totally annihilated.

That said, the North Korean deputy ambassador said his country will “severely punish the United States” if it was to invade his sacred territory.

“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.

North Korea's arsenal. Courtesy of Missile Threat, a CSIS project.
North Korea’s arsenal. Courtesy of Missile Threat, a CSIS project.

Large-scale military exercises between the United States and South Korea using “nuclear assets” is dangerous and pointed out that it is very alarming to see the U.S. plan a “secret operation aimed at the removal of our supreme leadership.”

Pyongyang even warned the United States to prepare for a “salvo of missiles” in the waters near Guam in reprisal to the joint exercise between them and South Korea. North Korea moved transporter erector launcher (TEL) armed with ballistic missiles—most likely the Hwasong-12 Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile—in response to the joint U.S.-South Korean military drills.

A North Korean Hwasong-12 IRBM being tested.
A North Korean Hwasong-12 IRBM being tested.

The Pyongyang regime has been targeted by severe sanctions issued by the United Nations Security Council and kept bolstering its nuclear arsenal regardless. Kim Jung Un even authorized a ballistic missile test in which one of their missile flew over Japan creating a very dangerous situations that could’ve quickly escalated to a world conflict.

Although it remains very unlikely that Pyongyang will launch ballistic missiles on the US mainland or their territories, North Korea could very well enhance its missile launch under the pretext of conducting more tests. However, those tests are in fact a show of force ordered by Kim Jong Un.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing new restrictions and sanctions on North Korea and Pyongyang’s regime.

In the United States, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he will continue diplomacy until the “first bomb drops.” President Trump, on the other hand, believes pursuing a diplomatic solution with North Korea is a waste of time.

Kim In Ryong’s message to the United Nations remains empty threats but should still be taken seriously due to Pyongyang’s unpredictability. That said, a larger deployment of U.S. forces in the region will only enhance the tensions and could result in unforgivable accidents.