North Korea Replies To Tillerson Comments By Saying It’s Ready For War

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Following the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent talk of tougher sanctions, more pressure and possible military action against North Korea, the country said that it’s ready for war with the United States and doesn’t fear possible preemptive strikes to stop its nuclear and missile buildup, adding that it will not be deterred in its nuclear program.

“The treasured sword of justice”:

The spokesman was quoted by the official Korean Central News Agency saying: “The nuclear force of [North Korea] is the treasured sword of justice and the most reliable war deterrence to defend the socialist motherland and the life of its people.”

“We have the will and capability to fully respond to any war which the US wants. If the businessmen-turned-US officials thought that they would frighten us, they would soon recognize that their method would not work.”

US President Donald Trump had earlier scolded North Korean leader Jim Jong-Un saying he “acting very badly” after the country conducted a ground test for a new type of high-thrust rocket engine, which prompted the comments.

UN called the new rocket engine a revolutionary breakthrough for the country’s space program.

Tillerson hinted last week that the US might adopt a tougher strategy, he left open the possibility of preemptive military action against the North.

Shifting strategy:

He visited the heavily militarized border between the rival Koreas, and said afterwards: “Let me be very clear: The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table.”

Following a series of ballistic missile tests by the North, tensions have worsened as the country tries to miniaturize a nuclear warhead in order to mount it on an inter-continental ballistic missile.

North Korea violating multiple UN Security Council resolutions by accelerating its weapons development. It didn’t seem to be deterred by sanctions.

Last year, it conducted two nuclear test explosions and 24 ballistic missile tests. North Korea could have a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the US mainland within a few years, according to experts’ warnings.