North Korea accused the United States of planning to launch a "bloody nose" military strike against the country while promoting the threat of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons - much like it did before invading Iraq. Both the United States and the Un General Assembly have imposed tight economic sanctions on North Korea in a bid to starve them of the resources and manpower that is behind the weapons program. Under a new START treaty, they are to further reduce the number of their nuclear warheads to 1,550 and launchers to 700 each. However, the United States has considered, rightly claimed South Korea as the sole legitimate representative of all of Korea.
Duarte and Cotta-Ramsusino were referring to Pentagon chief Secretary James Mattis' preface to the NPR released on February 2, in which he said that the new nuclear policy rests "on a bedrock truth: nuclear weapons have and will continue to play a critical role in deterring nuclear attack and in preventing large-scale conventional warfare between nuclear-armed states for the foreseeable future".
Trump's approach to dealing with North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, has veered from one extreme to another.
He also said arsenals in China and Russian Federation were expanding, drawing rebukes from their respective delegations during a forum in Geneva.
Wood's dire warning comes about two weeks after Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo made a similar prediction - telling CBS that "North Korea's nuclear weapons program is continuing to expand, advance, become more powerful, more capable, more reliable". As well, "Japan will follow suit", he said. He believes that the US" new "low-yield' tactical atomic weapons could become a response to Pyongyang's nuclear program.
It turned out that North Korea's first two ICBM launches were carried out by KN-17 missiles paired up with a second stage, a development that caught USA officials by surprise. China, however, undoubtedly has more influence over the regime.
The tyrant carried out a series of missile and nuclear tests previous year and has escalated global tensions. It was in recognition of it mission to "diminish the part played by nuclear arms in worldwide politics and, in the longer run, to eliminate such arms" that Pugwash and its co-founder, Sir Joseph Rotblat, were awarded the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize.
It compared the situation to the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq war, when then-president George W Bush warned of "weapons of mass destruction" being deployed by Saddam Hussein.