North Korea has dominated headlines lately. From launching missiles, to threatening its neighbors, to threatening the U.S. and Guam.
On Monday, just a week after North Korea carried out its largest nuclear test, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution to impose new sanctions on the country.
This new resolution is designed to cap the country’s oil imports, ban its textile exports, end overseas laborer contracts, suppress smuggling efforts, halt joint ventures with other nations, and sanction designated North Korean government entities.
U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said in a statement following the Monday vote, “Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea, and today the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves.” She added, “We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing, we are now trying to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing.”
But now, the rogue nation has explicitly threatened to use its nuclear weapons to attack Japan.
In a report from Bloomberg:
North Korea made an explicit threat to use a nuclear weapon to sink Japan, in remarks that further crank up heightened tensions in North Asia.
“The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche,” North Korea’s state-run news said Thursday, citing a statement by a spokesman for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee that referred to the country’s philosophy of self-reliance. “Japan is no longer needed to exist near us.”
Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s top government spokesman, told reporters in Tokyo on Thursday that North Korea’s latest threat was an abominable provocation.
In late August, North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan, in a move that the Korean Central News Agency said was part of “muscle-flexing” to protest annual military exercises being held between the U.S. and South Korea. Leader Kim Jong Un said that test was a “meaningful prelude” to containing Guam. The isolated state has previously threatened to launch rockets over Japan toward the U.S. territory in the Pacific.
“A telling blow should be dealt to them who have not yet come to senses after the launch of our ICBM over the Japanese archipelago,” said the spokesman, whose committee is an affiliate of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the previous launch “an unprecedented, grave and serious threat,” while Trump reiterated that “all options” are under consideration in response to Pyongyang’s actions.