Monday, 18 February, 2019

North Korea slams Donald Trump's 'dogmatic' State of the Union speech

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Melinda Barton | 08 February, 2018, 07:46

North Korea accused the United States of seeking to aggravate the current situation on the divided peninsula by "deploying large nuclear assets" nearby. Advise Russia and China that due to their lack of effort in dealing with the disarmament of these two rogue states all countries that are now threatened by Iran's and North Korea's nuclear weapons capabilities have no choice but help the United States with "Funding and R&D" of a new state-of-the-art antimissile system so advanced that it will render Russian and China's offensive nuclear weapons as well as Iran's and North Korea's obsolete and ineffective.

U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood, addressing the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, also warned that arsenals in China and Russian Federation were expanding.

North Korea has urged the end worldwide calls for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to instead support ongoing peace talks geared toward ending the first and last active conflict of the Cold War.

Asked what the basis was for his assessment, Wood said he had "no new information to share".

Observers have pointed to the possibility the North will seize the opportunity to display what it calls an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. In November it tested the Hwasong-15, believed to be capable of reaching the continental United States. During his government, George W. Bush referred to North Korea as part of "the Axis of Evil" because of the threat its nuclear capabilities possesses. After raising concern to National Security Council officials over their consideration of a preemptive strike against North Korea, Cha wrote an op-ed for the Post claiming such an attack would "exacerbate" the "threat of proliferation". But recent weeks have seen a thaw with South Korea, after Pyongyang agreed to send athletes to compete in the Olympic Games opening on February 9 in the south.

"We are not going to stick our head in the sand, we are going to respond to these growing challenges", he later told reporters.

"Like many, we are deeply concerned about the potential consequences of a preemptive military strike on North Korea and the risks of miscalculation and retaliation", the letter said.

"In view of the nature and scale of U.S. military reinforcements, they are created to make a preemptive strike against the DPRK", said Ju.

The modernization of the USA nuclear arsenal began under President Barack Obama.