North Korean leader Kim Jong Un bid goodbye to 2017 while he was boasting of the wide range of missile launches and an H-bomb test. Calling 2017 a good year, North Korea promised more tests in 2018.
‘No Force Can Prevail over Independence and Justice,’ an article headlined in Korean Central News Agency on Saturday. The article also proudly named some ballistic and nuclear missile tests, including the tests of Pukguksong-2 intermediate-range ballistic missile and test-firing of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15, which are “capable of striking the heart of the U.S.”
North Korea also warned to reinforce “the capabilities for self-defense and preemptive attack with the nuclear force as the pivot as long as the U.S. and its vassal forces persist in nuclear threat and blackmail and war drills under the mask of annual ones at the doorstep of the DPRK,” if Washington continue its war games in the region.
US president has repeatedly threatened North Korea with military action in 2017. The war of words between the US and North Korean leaders, especially Trump’s uses of belligerent words, attracted media’s attention. As the result, Pyongyang threatened to strike US military bases in Guam and claimed that its rockets can reach anywhere within the entire US.
China and Russia were 2 of the countries which called for an end to US drills and North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests. The tension between US and North Korea has been intensified since Trump’s inauguration, almost 1 year ago. The possibility of occurrence of a pervasive war has concerned the international society.