Amid escalated tension between North Korea and United States, Pyongyang’s state media reported that the Korean peninsula’s supremo Kim Jong Un had been briefed on the plan to launch missile attack on US air and naval base at the territory of Guam. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) further reported that Kim Jong Un had “examined the plan for a long time” and “discussed it” while inspecting the command of the Strategic Force in charge of the country’s missile units. Reports have also stated that the Korean leader would keep an eye on the US actions for a longer while before taking a decision.
KCNA quoted Kim saying, “The United States, which was the first to bring numerous strategic nuclear equipment near us, should first make the right decision and show through actions if they wish to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and prevent a dangerous military clash.”
“He said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared,” the report further stated.
Tensions escalated between N Korea and US since the later tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, with both countries periodically issuing threats to launch major attacks which can have massive global impact. And with the tension steadily escalating in recent times, the world is at the verge to witness a possible nuclear war. But before the real physical war, a fiery war of words continues between the two countries.
United States President Donald Trump, in a strong statement on August 8, threatened to unleash ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen’ against Kim Jong Un’s regime after North Korea vowed to retaliate “thousands of times” for new U.N. sanctions. Hours after Trump’s comments, Pyongyang claimed that it was ‘examining’ a strike on the US forces on the Pacific island of Guam. But in a befitting reply, the US Pacific Air Forces tweeted a picture of two B-1 bombers flanked by two fighter jets with the message, “ready to #fighttonight”.
However, yet an open conflict still remains prevented. If North Korea attacks the United States first, the response from US and its allies might result in the end of Kim Jong Un’s regime while on the other hand if United States attack first, N Korea has enough firepower to devastate its nearby countries, claiming thousands of lives. The Washington Post reported that Pyongyang might already have fitted a warhead in ballistic missiles and starting a nuclear war never satisfies even a basic cost-benefit analysis.
By Priyam Mukhopadhyay