Warning that it is "not far away" from testing a missile that could strike the United States with a nuclear warhead, North Korea on Saturday declared a policy of keeping Americans "in distress" about the possibility of a North Korean nuclear attack on the U.S. mainland, revealed by an article in the country's Rodong Sinmun newspaper — a paper that as the mouthpiece of "Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea," and is considered the definitive source for the viewpoints of the country's "supreme leader" Kim Jong Un.
The Roding Sinmun launched an online English-language edition in 2012, the year that Kim Jong Un assumed power, in order to spread North Korean government propaganda more widely throughout the world.
"U.S. President Donald Trump has said the world will never see North Korea reach the final stage of developing nuclear weapons that could reach the U.S., but recent strategic weapon tests have proved the country is 'not far away' from testing an ICBM," the paper said this week according to a report by Bloomberg News.
The elevated North Korean World War Three threats against the United States have come in response to the U.S. move last week which sent two American aircraft carriers to the Korean peninsula, where along with other U.S. warships they carried out the first joint military exercises in the region with the Japan Self Defense Force in about two decades.
In an article appearing in the official "Worker's Party" newspaper on Saturday, however, the North Korean government explained that the country's nuclear program is, in effect, a form of psychological warfare against Americans.
"The U.S. pride that it hadn't got even a single shell fired at its territory though it trifled with the sovereignty and destiny of other countries and nations through numerous invasions and war provocations has now become an old story," the article read. "The U.S. should always suffer from the distress that its mainland might be engulfed in flames due to the nuclear strikes of justice by the DPRK."
North Korea has conducted 10 known missile tests so far in 2017. In fact, even though South Korea last month elected a new president, Moon Jae-in, who promised a softer policy toward the North, even raising the possibility of an official state visit to North Korea, the North has carried out four new missile tests since the May 10 South Korean election.
In a gesture meant to signal a desire for non-aggression, South Korea last week ordered a stop to the installation of a new, United States anti-missile system in the South, meant to defend against a North Korean missile attack. But Kim responded to the conciliatory venture by launching a test of four ground-to-sea missiles designed to sink ships off the coast of the Korean peninsula.
"The DPRK is neither surprised nor frightened although the U.S. flexes its muscle by massively mobilizing its threat-representative strategic assets including nuclear carriers," the Rodong Sinmun article said, using the acronym for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea.
To counter what appears to be North Korean resistance to his public willingness to take a softer stance, South Korea president Moon on Sunday named a former chief of the country's Navy, Song Young-moo, as his nominee for the position of defense minister, the cabinet official in change of all of South Korea's military forces.
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