Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, said his country is no longer afraid of the United States. The country’s Army General Pak Yong Sik said they will fight until the end of their lives if provoked.
During a recent speech in Pyongyang, Kim Jong-un said, “Gone forever is the era when the United States blackmailed us with a nuke. Now, the United States is no longer a source of threat and fear for us, and we are the very source of fear for it.”
The North Korean leader also emphasized that it is important for the old people who experienced the Korean War or Fatherland Liberation War to pass the “same fighting spirit and devotion” to the younger generation.
Kim Jong-un expressed his warning during the anniversary of the July 27, 1953 armistice that brought the Korean War to an end. The North and South Korea, China, and the United Stated signed the armistice.
North Korea considered the end of the Korean War as a sheer victory over the United States, South Korea, and U.N. allies. Russia and the Soviet Union supported North Korea during the Korean War.
North Korea said a second Korean war will ruin U.S. imperialism
Separately, North Korea’s Army General Pak Yong Sik emphasized that peace did not exist in their country since the armistice. He said,” It is more than 60 years since the ceasefire on (the) land, but peace has not yet settled on it.”
He added, “The past Korean War brought about the beginning of the downhill turn for the U.S., but the second Korean War will bring the final ruin to U.S. imperialism.”
Furthermore, General Pak stressed that North Korea will “fight until no one is left to sign a surrender document” if provoked by the United States. Reports indicated that General Pak has been appointed as Defense Minister of North Korea. He replaced General Hyon Yong Chol, who was executed for treason in April. North Korea executed at least 15 senior government officials so far this year.
North Korea is not interested in a unilateral nuclear negotiation
Meanwhile, Ji Jae Ryong, the ambassador of North Korea to China emphasized that his country is not interested in a unilateral nuclear negotiation. According to him, North Korea is different from Iran because his country is a “nuclear weapons state in name and reality” and they are not willing to negotiate the future of their country.
Ji said North Korea’s nuclear capability is “not a plaything to be put on the negotiating table” because it is critical to protecting its rights and sovereignty against the hostile policies and nuclear threats of the United States.
He said, “We are not interested at all in a dialogue to discuss the issue of freezing or dismantling our nukes unilaterally first. We have the power to cope with any kinds of war methods of the US imperialists and have the strong power to restrain the provocative nuclear war acts of the US.”
Ji added that North Korea “remains unchanged in the mission of its nuclear force as long as the U.S. continues pursuing its hostile policy” against the country.
It was reported that North Korea is expanding its nuclear arsenal. Experts estimated that it has a dozen nuclear weapons, and it can build a miniaturize warhead for a Nodong and possibly other missiles.
The North Korean Ambassador made his statement while Sydney Seiler, the envoy of the United States to the six-party talks was on a regional tour and scheduled to visit Beijing on Tuesday.
The six–party talks include China, Japan, Russia, North Korea, South Korea, and the United States. The forum intends to end the nuclear weapons program of North Korea.
On Monday, Seiler said the United States showed its openness in denuclearization negotiations with Iran nuclear deal. Some people believed that the Iran nuclear deal could serve as an outline for an eventual nuclear negotiation with North Korea.
Iran and North Korea were allies since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, and both experienced tough economic sanctions because of its nuclear programs.