North Korea may be planning one of the most powerful nuclear explosions in history. Ring Yong Ho, the foreign minister of the isolated nation, reportedly told journalists that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is considering such a test blast.
“It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific,” Ri told reporters at the United Nations in New York on Thursday. “We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.” The suggestion came in response to bellicose rhetoric exchanged between US President Donald Trump and Jong Un. In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump called Jong Un a suicidal “rocket man” and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the US is “forced to defend itself or its allies.”
Jong Un allegedly responded with a written statement, in which he called Trump a “mentally deranged US dotard” and said that “a frightened dog barks louder.” North Korea has set off several powerful nuclear test blasts in recent years, but they all occurred deep inside a mountain. A nuclear explosion in the air, on the ground, underwater, or in space has not happened in decades.
“The stakes and heat in this conflict have not been this high since the Korean War,” Tristan Webb, a senior analyst for NK News, said in a story published by the outlet on Friday. “Kim Jong Un said in July that the … showdown was entering its final phase. He appears psychologically prepared for conflict.”
President Trump’s speech clearly rattled the North Korean leader, leaving him to look for options for his next move, especially in light of recent sanctions by China against his nation under the pressure made by the President. We’ll keep you posted on the events as they happen in this escalating conflict.
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