North Korea’s rogue nuclear weapons program is a global flash point.
War could break out at any moment.
With the crisis escalating, North Korea issued their most direct threat to Donald Trump.
Since taking office, Trump has made dealing with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program his top foreign policy priority.
America has stepped up missile defense tests and Trump has declared the Obama policy of strategic patience over.
North Korea responded with an article in their state run newspaper declaring that if Trump took military action it would be the “worst disaster in history.”
The Daily Star reports:
“Now state-owned North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun has taken another pop at the “war-thirsty” US as tensions continue to escalate.
An article posted on its website today read: “The US intention of striking at the DPRK is a very foolish act of precipitating its self-ruin.
“The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to counter any military option chosen by the US.
“If a war breaks out in Korea owing to the US unpardonable act, the empire of America will meet a shameful end.
“If the US wants to escape the worst disaster in its history, it should behave itself, clearly aware of the strategic position of Juche Korea, though belatedly.”
This threat came on the heels of North Korea successfully testing an intercontinental ballistic missile.
U.S. officials estimated the weapon could strike targets as far away as Alaska.
In the wake of this test, South Korea has proposed direct military talks with North Korea.
These would be the meeting of high level officials involving the two countries since 2015.
The BBC reports:
“South Korea has proposed holding military talks with the North, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang’s long-range missile test.
If they were to go ahead, they would be the first high-level talks since 2015.
A senior official said talks should aim to stop “all hostile activities that raise military tension” at the fortified border between the Koreas.
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has long signalled he wants closer engagement with the North.
North Korea has not responded to the South’s proposal yet.
In a recent speech in Berlin, Mr Moon said dialogue with the North was more pressing than ever and called for a peace treaty to be signed.
He said such dialogue was crucial for those who seek the end of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.”
While South Korea is proposing more talks, Trump has signaled he will not wait forever to take action.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.