North Korea warns of war

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - World News -

UNITED NA­TIONS. — North Korea warned at the United Na­tions on Mon­day that the de­ploy­ment of three US air­craft car­ri­ers in joint navy drills with South Korea was fu­elling ten­sions that could lead to nu­clear war.

North Korea’s Am­bas­sador Ja Song Nam said in a let­ter to UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res that this was “the worst ever sit­u­a­tion pre­vail­ing in and around the Korean penin­sula”.

The first such de­ploy­ment of three US car­ri­ers since 2007 “is mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to pre­dict when nu­clear war breaks out due to the US nu­clear war equip­ment” tak­ing up a “strike pos­ture”, wrote the am­bas­sador.

The four-day ex­er­cise in the west­ern Pa­cific in­volv­ing the USS Ronald Rea­gan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roo­sevelt be­gan on Satur­day and in­cluded seven South Korean ves­sels in­clud­ing three de­stroy­ers.

The am­bas­sador said the United States had re­ac­ti­vated round-the­clock sor­ties by B-52 strate­gic bombers and was mak­ing fre­quent flights of B-1B and B-2 bombers in the air space of South Korea.

“The large-scale nu­clear war ex­er­cises and black­mails . . . make one con­clude that the op­tion we have taken was the right one and we should go along the way to the last,” wrote Ja.

North Korea con­ducted its sixth nu­clear test this year and test-fired a se­ries of ad­vanced mis­siles, in­clud­ing in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles.

In re­sponse, the United States led a push at the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to im­pose tougher sanc­tions, such as ex­port bans, to deny Py­ongyang of hard cur­rency rev­enue to build up its mil­i­tary pro­grammes.

The North Korean am­bas­sador ac­cused the coun­cil of “turn­ing a blind eye to the nu­clear war ex­er­cises of the United States who is hell bent on bring­ing a cat­a­strophic dis­as­ter to hu­man­ity”.

The ex­er­cises come on the heels of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s vis­its to Tokyo, Seoul and Bei­jing this week, which were dom­i­nated by the ques­tion of how to counter Py­ongyang’s nu­clear weapons threat.

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