North Korea Expresses Interest in Conducting Dialogue With South Korea, Maintains Nuclear Threats Against The U.S.
North Korea is making noises. And hopefully, those noises aren’t “boom boom.”
In the latest round of world news, the hermit country once again made headlines as its leader; Kim Jong-Un just said that its nuclear missile buttons are always at his table and the range of their missiles can go as far as the U.S.
According to CBS News, Kim delivered the announcement through a New Year’s address, and delivered a barrage of nuclear threats against the United States. However, the leader of the country also seems to be trying to drive a wedge between the U.S. and its fierce rival, South Korea, by expressing his willingness to send a delegate to the Olympics.
Sources said that Kim’s willingness to cooperate with South Korea was very welcome news to its government, as expressed by its liberal President, Moon Jae-in. This comes as a no surprise, as Jae-in was reported to be more in favor of having dialogue with the North to ease tensions, rather than fighting fire with fire.
But as expected, the U.S. obviously has a different reaction to Kim Jong Un’s New Year announcement.
According to CNN, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley gave North Korea a stern warning and said that the country, “will never accept a nuclear North Korea.”
Ambassador Haley added, “As we hear reports that North Korea might be preparing for another missile test — I hope that does not happen, but if it does — we must bring even more measures to bear on the North Korea regime,”
Finally, the U.S. Ambassador further reiterated the country’s position and said, “The civilized world must remain united and vigilant against the rogue state’s nuclear arsenal. We will never accept a nuclear North Korea.”
However, she concluded that although North Korea can conduct dialogues with any country, she firmly reiterated that the U.S. will never recognize and acknowledge the country’s agreement, until it bans nuclear weapons.
With tension growing between North Korea and the United States, many experts and strategists are tensely waiting for this standoff.