In a recent statement, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for his country to be ready to launch a nuclear attack to deter war, accusing the US and South Korea of carrying out military drills with American nuclear assets. This comes after North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile towards the sea on Sunday, which flew across the country and landed in the sea off its east coast, according to South Korean and Japanese assessments.
MORE THAN 1.4 MILLION NORTH KOREANS VOLUNTEER FOR MILITARY
State media has reported that more than 1.4 million North Koreans have volunteered to join or re-enlist in the military to fight against South Korean and US troops, up from some 800,000 enlistees reported over the weekend. This is in response to the ongoing military drills conducted by the US and South Korea.
NORTH KOREAN DEFECTORS HONOR OTTO WARMBIER, KIM JONG UN’S VICTIMS
In the midst of the current tension between North Korea and its enemies, North Korean defectors have honored Otto Warmbierand other victims of Kim Jong Un’s regime. Warmbier was an American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea for over a year before he was released in a coma and later died. The North Korean Freedom Foundation’s chair, Suzanne Scholte, discussed the ongoing protests in front of North Korea’s mission to the United Nations during an appearance on One News Channel Live.
US AND ITS PARTNERS STAGE WARFARE DRILLS AS JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA STRENGTHEN ALLIANCE AGAINST CHINA, NORTH KOREA
The US and its partners have been conducting annual military exercises, including air and sea drills involving US B-1B strategic bombers, while Japan and South Korea have been strengthening their alliance against China and North Korea. North Korea has repeatedly condemned these exercises, seeing them as a threat to their sovereignty.
As North Korea continues to escalate tensions with its enemies, the international community watches with concern. Kim JongUn’s recent call for nuclear attack preparedness on the US and South Korea adds to the already volatile situation, and the ongoing military exercises by the US and its allies only serve to heighten the tension.
I believe that Kim Jong Un believes it is essential for him to remain in the news in order to maintain his presence and prominence on the world stage. He may not intend to intimidate the world with his statements, but instead seeks to keep himself and his regime in the forefront of discussions. By keeping himself in the news and presenting a perceived threat, he believes he can maintain his position of power and control in North Korea.
It is unlikely that he intends to actually use nuclear weapons, as he likely understands the unreasonable and devastating consequences of such actions. Rather, his continuous statements may be part of a larger strategy to reinforce his position within his own country and suppress opposition.
One possible reason for his focus on South Korea may be due to his concerns about the US-South Korea alliance. He may see South Korea as a threat to his regime’s stability and view pressure on them as a means of maintaining control.
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