After the U.S. sent the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its battle group to patrol the waters off the Korean Peninsula, North Korean officials promised that they would counteract any action the U.S. might take, stating, “We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.”
The statement was made just after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a television interview this week, “If you violate international agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point, a response is likely to be undertaken.”
North Korea expert, author Gordon Chang said on Friday that the U.S. strike on the Syrian airfield “tells North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un that he must now heed American military power, something that he probably dismissed before.”
Chang further noted that the North Korean leader may soon disappear from public view in preparation for a larger conflict. “Kim’s father, Kim Jong-Il, disappeared from public view for about six weeks in 2003 at the time of the Iraq war. Kim Jong-Un loves the public spotlight, and it will be telling if he similarly goes into hiding,” said Chang.
Chang also talked about the Chinese reaction to the U.S. airstrike, explaining that China’s People’s Liberation Army had grown dismissive of the U.S. Navy and Air Force, but Trump is signifying a new threat. Per the U.S. strike on Syria last week during a diplomatic visit from China, “Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, visiting Mar-a-Lago, almost certainly interpreted the strike as a sign of disrespect to him,” noted Chang.
North Korea has always been wary of the U.S. and justifies its nuclear weapons program as a means of defense.
“This goes to prove that the U.S.’ reckless moves for invading the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) have reached a serious phase of its scenario,” it said in a statement from Pyongyang. “If the U.S. dares opt for a military action, crying out for ‘preemptive attack’ and ‘removal of the headquarters,’ the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.”
H/T: Fox News
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