2018 may witness a nuclear war as North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un has become more aggressive.
2018 started on an ominous note as North Korea’s President Kim Jong-Un became more aggressive and issued yet another warning stating that the nuclear button is always on his table and that his prime target is the US. If matters turn for the worse, 2018 may witness a nuclear war in the region.
In fact, Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, warned that the United States is now closer than it has ever been to a nuclear war with the North, with little hope of a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
“We’re actually closer, in my view, to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we have ever been,” he said in a television interview.
Kim responded saying “(The North) can cope with any kind of nuclear threats from the US and has a strong nuclear deterrence that is able to prevent the US from playing with fire.”
“The nuclear button is always on my table. The US must realise this is not blackmail but reality.”
He said he would continue to accelerate a rogue weapons programme that has stoked international tensions.
“We must mass-produce nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles and speed up their deployment,” said Kim in his annual address to the nation. He reiterated his claims that North Korea had achieved its goal of becoming a nuclear state.
The North says its weapons programme is designed to be able to target the US mainland and tested increasingly longer-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) throughout 2017.
US President Donald Trump has responded to each test with his own form of threats saying he would “totally destroy” Pyongyang taunting Kim, saying the North Korean leader was on “a suicide mission”.
But far from persuading Kim to give up his nuclear drive, analysts say Trump’s tough talk may have prompted the North Korean leader to drive through with his dangerous quest.
Pyongyang claims it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself from a hostile US and sees American military activities in the region — such as the joint drills it takes part in with the South — as a precursor to invasion.