Seemingly cocky after a recent, successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, North Korea issued yet another threat to the United States on Thursday.
The warning is that the communist dictatorship is preparing to send “unexpected ‘gift packages,'” and saying that America is “on the knife’s edge of life and death.”
In a column titled, “Heed the Warning of Juche Korea,” which was published in the newspaper of North Korea’s ruling party, Rodong Sinmun, it was stated that the Trump administration is being forced to “wave a white flag.”
“Every minute and every second, the new reality that U.S. mainland is on the knife’s edge of life and death is forcing U.S. administration to wave a white flag and fundamentally change her North Korea policy,” the article stated, adding menacingly, “It is not the denuclearization of N. Korea, but the security of U.S. mainland which should be the top priority of Trump administration.”
Using the same kind of language the country has used before in threatening the United States and its allies, the North Korean newspaper warned that another so-called “gift package” would be heading its way to the “American bastards.”
“If U.S. still refuses to accept such a realistic demand and doggedly pursue[s] hostile policy against North Korea in order to save face, she will receive unexpected ‘gift packages’ which we will continue to send,” according to the column.
As suggested in their missives, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is apparently planning to conduct more missile tests, which are banned by the United Nations. Kim previously urged scientists to continue to “frequently send big and small ‘gift packages’ to the Yankees … so that they would not feel weary.”
In response to North Korea’s repeated practice of firing missiles that may have the capability of reaching the mainland America, Pacific Air Forces commander Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy said the United States and its allies are prepared to use “rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force,” if necessary, against the isolated country.
“North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,” O’Shaughnessy asserted.
Experts are saying that North Korea’s latest ICBM test was its longest ever, flying five minutes further than its previous launch. The missile reportedly flew 2,300 miles into space, about 600 miles higher than its July 4 ICBM, which means it could likely reach a substantial portion of the U.S. mainland.
WHAT IS AN ICBM?
An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is a guided ballistic missile with a minimum range of 5,500 kilometres (3,400 mi) primarily designed for nuclear weapons delivery (delivering one or more thermonuclear warheads).
WHAT IS THE THAAD SYSTEM?
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), formerly Theater High Altitude Area Defense, is an American anti-ballistic missile defense system designed to shoot down short, medium, and intermediate range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase (descent or reentry) by intercepting with a hit-to-kill approach.
The United States under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump has been successfully testing the THAAD system over the past few months to prepare for the possibility of an attack from North Korea.
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