BREAKING NEWS Out Of North Korea

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North Korea called for an end to what it called the US “control” of South Korea through Kim’s propaganda mouthpiece KCNA.

In a statement, the committee said: “The pro-US traitors and confrontation maniacs in South Korea are fanning up such war hysteria of the US, while calling for ‘strengthened alliance to cope with the nuclear threat from the north’. “

“The South Korean people cannot get rid of the miserable misfortunes and sufferings and the whole nation cannot evade the tragedy of division and nuclear war disaster as long as the US military occupation and domination over south Korea which have lasted for more than seven decades continue and the treacherous moves of the pro-US sycophants are allowed to continue.”

Americans are accustomed to eruptions of hostility with North Korea, but in the past six months the enmity has reached a level rarely seen since the end of the Korean War, in 1953. The crisis has been hastened by fundamental changes in the leadership on both sides. In the six years since Kim Jong Un assumed power, at the age of twenty-seven, he has tested eighty-four missiles—more than double the number that his father and grandfather tested, BBC reports.

In addition to its nuclear arsenal, the nation has rockets and artillery aimed at Seoul, the South Korean capital that is only 35 miles from the Demilitarized Zone separating the two countries. North Korea has launched more than a dozen test missiles this year.

North Korea has said many times it has no intention of giving up its nuclear weapons. The U.S. has not accepted the North as a nuclear power but it might have to accept that reality in light of Kim’s rapid technological advances and stockpile of nuclear armaments.

The border between North Korea and South Korea is one of the most militarized in the world, according to the State Department.

Pyongyang has about 1.2 million military personnel compared with 680,000 troops in South Korea, where 28,000 U.S. troops also are stationed. Nearly 6 million North Koreans are reservists in the worker/peasant guard, compulsory to the age of 60.

China, which has long feared a unified Korea allied with the U.S., also wants the American troops removed. That won’t happen unless it is part of a much broader peace deal that includes major concessions by China and North Korea to demilitarize the peninsula.

Vice Minister Han Song Ryol said that “Pyongyang has determined the Trump administration is ‘more vicious and more aggressive’ than that of his predecessor, Barack Obama.  North Korea will keep building up its nuclear arsenal in ‘quality and quantity’ and said Pyongyang is ready to go to war if that’s what Trump wants.”

American warplanes flew close to North Korea’s coast on Saturday, the same day that the North’s foreign minister told the United Nations General Assembly that President Trump’s threats against the country were “making our rocket’s visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more.”

“We now can’t avoid the military tensions on the Korean Peninsula further escalating,” said Cheong Seong-chang, a North Korea expert at the Sejong Institute, a think tank near Seoul, the South’s capital. The standoff is intensifying partly because “South Korea lacks capabilities to confront North Korea while the North ignores the South and insists on dealing only with the United States,” Mr. Cheong added.



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