North Korea has warned a new war between it and South Korea may lead the communist nation’s leader Kim Jong-un to order a nuclear strike against the US.
The message from Pyongyang was repeated at the county’s embassy in Moscow on Saturday ahead of the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.
North Korea claimed that over the decades the US had not learned from the war before continuing its tirade.
In its statement, North Korea said it had missiles and nuclear weapons “which are capable of mercilessly punishing those who dare to raise a hand to the DPRK”.
The message continued: “This year, the US military is deploying all sorts of military manoeuvres in South Korea and in the areas adjacent to it.
“The main purpose of which is the movement and deployment of the American armed forces on the Korean peninsula from abroad and from the mainland and the quick delivery of an attack on the DPRK.”
North Korea has also vented its fury towards its southern neighbour and blew up the inter-Korean liaison office as tensions ramped up.
It appears to have been a tit-for-tat move after South Korean activists dumped leaflets into the North with many slamming the brutal communist regime.
The move goes against an arrangement signed by both countries in 2018 which said South Korea would prevent activists from dumping leaflets across the border of its rival.
In retaliation, North Korea said it had prepared to drop a whopping 12 million propaganda leaflets into the South using balloons.
Some 3,000 balloons are being prepped ahead of the launch, the dictatorship’s state media reported Monday.
Now it has pledged to push ahead with its campaign to send propaganda leaflets into South Korea, saying it is no longer bound to any inter-Korean agreements.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported angry North Koreans are gearing up for their own “large-scale” leaflet campaign, dubbed Seoul’s Unification.