On Monday, North Korea warned that it intends to carry out a nuclear test at any time and at any location, as advised by its leadership.
A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement on the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) that the regime in Pyongyang is “fully ready to respond to any option taken by the U.S.” and that they will continue building its capabilities for a “pre-emptive nuclear attack” unless Washington ends its hostility.
“Now that the U.S. is kicking up the overall racket for sanctions and pressure against the DPRK, pursuant to its new DPRK policy called ‘maximum pressure and engagement’, the DPRK will speed up at the maximum pace the measure for bolstering its nuclear deterrence,” the spokesman said, referring to North Korea by its official name DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea).
“The DPRK’s measures for bolstering the nuclear force to the maximum will be taken in a consecutive and successive way at any moment and any place decided by its supreme leadership,” they added.
The spokesman also said that if the North was not equipped with “the powerful nuclear force,” the United States would have “committed without hesitation the same brigandish aggression act in Korea as what it committed against other countries.”
During an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that aired Sunday, President Donald Trump said “we’ll see” whether or not another nuclear test from North Korea would prompt military action by the United States.
During an interview with CNN, Arizona Senator John McCain, who is also the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was asked whether the President is considering a pre-emptive strike against the North.
“I don’t think so,” McCain said, adding that he thinks “we have to consider that option as the very last option.”