North Korea accuses the USA of provoking a nuclear war

Cheryl Sanders
April 19, 2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gives a speech to members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

"North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region". It is this kind of rhetoric from North Korea that has many fearing a World War 3 scenario.

"The prevailing grave situation proves once again that the DPRK was entirely just when it increased in every way its military capabilities for self-defence and pre-emptive attack with a nuclear force as a pivot", he said.

How did we get here?

All of the talk between the United States, North Korea, China, Japan, and Russian Federation has made it so that searches on Google for World War 3 are the highest that they have ever been since Google began tracking these keywords in 2004, according to Huffington Post.

Its aim is to be able to put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach targets around the world, including the US.

He also said, "We are with you 100 percent", adding that the USA always seeks peace.

He has sent a navy strike group towards the Korean Peninsula, and the US and South Korea are moving ahead with the early deployment of a controversial missile defence system.

The North regularly launches short-range missiles, but is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target US troops in Asia and, eventually, the USA mainland.

Amid elevated tensions, the United States has dispatched what Trump called an "armada" of ships - including an aircraft carrier - into waters off the Korean Peninsula.

"We seek peace always as a country, as does Japan, but as you know and the United States knows, peace comes through strength and we will stand strongly with Japan and strongly with our allies for a peace and security in this region", Pence added.

His plane touched down Tuesday at the US military's Atsugi base outside Tokyo. North Korea says whatever action the USA may take, it will respond in kind. "Start a trade war with China while in the middle of him working on a bigger problem, frankly, with North Korea?" he said.

Australia's prime minister also urged China to do more, saying Beijing has the "greatest obligation and responsibility" to de-escalate the threat from North Korea.

Foreign aid projects in North Korea include English lessons and workshops, as well as equipment and training for physiotherapy units.

In an exclusive interview with Fox & Friends that aired on Tuesday, President Trump revealed he may not be sure who now rules North Korea.

Kim Song Gyong, director general of the European Department of North Korea's Foreign Ministry, told Reuters in Pyongyang that if Washington made "the slightest movement" to make a nuclear strike on North Korea, Pyongyang would strike first and "destroy the aggressors without any mercy".

"If the United States is reckless enough to use military means it would mean from that very day, an all out war".

The North casts the U.S. as the aggressor.

Donald Trump has warned North Korea it has "gotta behave" as the USA agreed to the early deployment of a missile defence system in the region.

"We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs".

The concerns were exacerbated after a North Korean missile exploded during launch on Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials said.

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