THE KINGS OF THE EAST
North Korea nuke-capable missiles ‘can reach U.S. mainland’
March 27, 2016 — WND.com reports: “With the world focused on a major terrorist attack in Belgium and the intensifying presidential race, a renowned expert on the Far East says North Korean missile tests and their detention of an American college student ought to be very concerning to the Obama administration and other world leaders.
In recent days, North Korea test-fired numerous ballistic missiles in a manner designed to menace its neighbors and also sentenced University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor for tearing down a poster of the late Kim Jong-Il inside a North Korean hotel.
The missile tests followed a statement from Dictator Kim Jong-Un that he wanted the military to have nuclear weapons ready for use ‘at any time.’
Columnist and author Gordon Chang has studied China and North Korea up close for years and is author of ‘Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World.’ He says the communist regime has reasons for doing what it’s doing.
‘North Korea will continue to test short and intermediate-range missiles,’ Chang told WND and Radio America. ‘They want to show their customers that these things work. Also, they want to rattle the international community.’
But he said the U.S. had better be paying attention, too.
‘What we’re concerned about, however, is their testing of long-range missiles,’ Chang said. ‘They do have two launchers that can reach 48 states. Therefore, we’ve got to be concerned because, eventually, if not now, they’ll be able to put nuclear warheads on those missiles and, therefore, threaten America.’…”
North Korean Propaganda Video Depicts Nuclear Strike on Washington
March 26, 2016 — The New York Times reports: “North Korea released a propaganda video on Saturday that depicts a nuclear strike on Washington, along with a warning to ‘American imperialists’ not to provoke the North.
The four-minute video clip, titled ‘Last Chance,’ uses computer animation to show what looks like an intercontinental ballistic missile flying through the earth’s atmosphere before slamming into Washington, near what appears to be the Lincoln Memorial. A nuclear explosion follows.
‘If the American imperialists provoke us a bit, we will not hesitate to slap them with a pre-emptive nuclear strike,’ read the Korean subtitles in the video, which was uploaded to the YouTube channel of D.P.R.K. Today, a North Korean website. ‘The United States must choose! It’s up to you whether the nation called the United States exists on this planet or not.’…”
North Korea: We Are Ready for ‘Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike’ on U.S.
March 30, 2016 — Breitbart.com reports: “North Korea has once again asserted that it will use its nuclear weapons arsenal against the United States. Unlike previous statements, however, a note from the rogue state’s foreign minister on Monday insisted that North Korea is fully equipped and ready to use a nuclear weapon on the United States, not just willing to do so.
Foreign Minister Lee Su-yong insisted in a statement Monday that Pyongyang would not hesitate to use their nuclear weapons against America, and they now no longer needed to wait for their scientists to build the weapons necessary for such an attack. ‘In response to the US frenzied hysteria for unleashing a nuclear war, we have fully transferred our army from the form of military response to the form of delivering a pre-emptive strike and we state resolutely about the readiness to deliver a pre-emptive nuclear strike,’ he said, adding that North Korea ‘faces the dilemma: a thermonuclear war or peace.’…”
South Korea and American allies face ‘miserable end’, says North Korea
March 24, 2016 — SpaceDaily.com reports: “North Korea threatened a ‘miserable end’ for South Korea’s president and her American allies on Wednesday, in its latest colourfully worded attack.
Pyongyang declared it would wage a ‘retaliatory battle of justice’ against Park Geun-Hye, with its artillery units standing ready to turn her office into a ‘sea of flames and ashes’.
‘What the DPRK warns is not hot air. It will be clearly proved by the miserable end the US and the Park group will meet while going reckless,’ said the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), using the formal name for North Korea.
The latest volley comes as Seoul and ally Washington stage their annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military drills, which this year are the largest ever, in the wake of a recent North Korean nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.
The massive drills — which include air strike exercises targeting key facilities in the North — are a ‘thrice-cursed provocation’ against Pyongyang’s leadership, the CPRK said, according to the KCNA news agency.
Seoul urged the North to stop ‘base and vulgar’ threats and warned of a ‘relentless retaliation’ against any future provocations…”