On Thursday, Han Song Ryol, a diplomat for North Korea, stated that the United States crossed a “red line” and that this was interpreted as the United States having declared war on North Korea. The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, was placed on a list of sanctioned individuals by the United States. Kim’s placement on this list was enough for North Korea to believe that an act of war was committed against them.
Han Song Ryol went on to say that if the United States and South Korea maintain their plan of holding joint military exercises next month, tensions could erupt that could plunge the divided country into war.
“The Obama administration went so far to have the impudence to challenge the supreme dignity of the DPRK in order to get rid of its unfavorable position during the political and military showdown with the DPRK. The United States has crossed the red line in our showdown. We regard this thrice-cursed crime as a declaration of war.”
— Mark Weiler (@MarkPWeiler) July 29, 2016
The list of sanctioned people that the United States made consists of 11 people who have a history of or are currently found to be abusers of human rights. The list is designed to be a type of deterrent to those who are on the list.
North Korea has officially cut off every form of communication that it has with the United States. Increasing the war rhetoric, with all means of communication cut off between North Korea and the United States, North Korea will only deal with the U.S. under the rules put in place under “war law.”
With talk of war heating up, the United States and South Korea have stated that they will not cancel their joint military exercise. Army Secretary Eric Fanning states that these exercises are not designed or intended to start a war with North Korea.
“These exercises contribute to stability, they don’t compete with stability. The games are currently to continue as planned. We have been conducting exercises with South Korea and with many other militaries in the region for decades. That’s partly what had provided stability that we have seen since world war two.”
During last year’s military exercise, 30,000 members of the United States military and 50,000 members of the South Korean military trained together, while North Korea claimed these military maneuvers were designed for an invasion into North Korea. According to Han, North Korea is ready, willing, and able to go to war against the United States and South Korea.
“Nobody can predict what kind of influence this kind of vicious confrontation between the DPRK and the United States will have upon the situation on the Korean Peninsula. By doing these kinds of vicious and hostile acts toward the DPRK, the US has already declared war against the DPRK. So it is our self-defensive right and justifiable action to respond in a very hard way. We are all prepared for war, and we are all prepared for peace. If the United States forces those kinds of large-scale exercises in August, then the situation caused by that will be the responsibility of the United States.”
The internet is finding it harder and harder to believe that Kim Jong Un will ever pull the trigger on his claims that war has been declared on North Korea. People on Twitter are seeing this as an opportunity to retaliate against North Korea with humor.
When Kim Jon Un declares war but Americans are just memeing out #NorthKorea pic.twitter.com/htDWJ1tX85
— Kushvir Sidhu (@KushvirSidhu) July 29, 2016
North Korea good luck getting past a person you can’t even see… pic.twitter.com/bQpPY2Mi6B
— Tumblr Things (@tumblrthings) July 30, 2016
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