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Posted on: China National News, Sunday, April 9th, 2017
In what came as a not-so-subtle warning to leaders of Britain and America – a high-profile North Korean defector has said that unless Kim Jong Un is eliminated, the world should prepare for his ‘desperate and dangerous’ strike.
The warning came from Thae Yong-ho, who served as North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the U.K. before defecting to South Korea last year.
In his warning, Yong-ho said that the despotic leader would use nuclear weapons against Britain and the United States unless they “eliminate him first.”
He said that the world should prepare to deal with a “desperate” Kim, who he said was hellbent on maintaining his tyrannical reign by furthering his nuclear ambitions and developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
Yong-ho has said, “Kim Jong Un is a man who can do anything beyond the normal imagination. If Kim Jong Un has nuclear weapons and ICBMs, he can do anything. So, I think the world should be ready to deal with this kind of person.”
He further revealed, “Once he sees that there is any kind of sign of a tank or an imminent threat from America, then he would use his nuclear weapons with ICBM.”
Yong-ho further said that he believes the country is aiming to complete its nuclear development program by the end of this year and will stop at nothing until it is finished.
He even added that Jong Un would even turn down trillions of dollars if he was offered a pay-off to ditch the programme.
Yong-ho insisted that the only “real solution to the North Korean nuclear issue is to eliminate Kim Jong Un from the post.”
Currently, North Korea is believed to have more than eight nuclear weapons, but so far, the reclusive nation has not developed rockets powerful enough to strike the U.S.
Merely a day before Trump launched a pre-emptive missile strike on Syria, North Korea issued its harshest warning to date against the U.S.
After repeated furious reactions to the massive joint naval exercise ongoing between U.S., Japan and South Korea – North Korea warned that it is ready to deliver the “most ruthless blow.”
Kim Jong Un even officially placed his country on the “brink of a war” with the U.S.
Pyongyang insists that the huge joint military naval exercises are an invasion rehearsal and has branded it “reckless”, arguing that it was driving the Korean peninsula to the “brink of war.”
So much so, that Kim Hyong-jun, North Korea’s ambassador to Moscow issued a direct warning at Trump, saying that his country was ready to respond if challenged by the training drills.
Hyong-jun reportedly said, “Our army has already said that if there will be even the smallest provocation from the United States during exercises, we are ready to deliver the most ruthless blow. We have the readiness and ability to counter any challenge from the U.S.”
Japan, South Korea and the U.S., however, argued that their joint military drills are aimed at countering the threat from North Korean submarines that have ramped up the tense situation in the region.
Meanwhile, after Trump held his first face-to-face meeting with the Chinese president Xi Jinping, whose nation Trump has repeatedly accused of not doing enough to deter North Korea’s nuclear progress – the U.S. President pledged to ramp up defenses against Pyongyang.
North Korea, which has been at odds with the United States since the start of the Korean War in 1950, first tested a nuclear weapon in 2006.
Tensions in the Korean Peninsula escalated after North conducted its fourth nuclear test in January 2016, followed by a satellite launch in February.
The tests irked the international community and provoked the ire of the United Nations, that imposed several sanctions of the reclusive nation.
The country claimed to have secured key intercontinental ballistic missile technologies and eight months after the first test, shocked the world by conducting its fifth nuclear test overall and the strongest one till date.
Apart from the two provocative nuclear tests, in 2016, the isolated country test fired the Musudan missiles over 20 times through the year.
The Musudan missile, with a design range of 1,500 to 2,500 miles, is believed to be capable of reaching South Korea, Japan and even the U.S. territory of Guam and almost reaching Alaska.
In his New Year’s speech, the country’s dictator Kim Jong Un declared that North Korea has “reached the final stage” in its program to build ICBMs, but western experts were skeptical about his forecast.
Since the start of the year, North Korea has fired many ballistic missiles, threatening and at the same time displaying it accelerating nuclear capabilities.