North Korea promises to reduce the U.S. to "ashes and darkness"
After North Korea unleashed its sixth and largest-ever nuclear test, sanctions were put in place on the country by the United Nations. The weapon, which the country's state news confirmed to be a "perfect success", is believed to be a hydrogen bomb made for use in an intercontinental ballistic missile. According to Japan's meteorological readings, it was over ten times as powerful as their last atomic test.
Earlier this week, the UN Security Council met to vote on the issue, and the unanimous decision was made to impose new sanctions on North Korea. This included a complete ban on North Korean labour being used overseas, an industry that brings in around $500 million to the country every year, while other measures target the country's oil imports and coal and textile exports.
Following reports this week, wherein senior U.S. military officials have claimed that the regime has been moving mobile missile launchers in preparation, North Korea has now made a public statement about the sanctions and what their response will be.
North Korea's state news agency, KCNA, issued the threat, releasing a statement from the regime. The spokesperson said:
"The army and people of the DPRK are unanimously demanding that the Yankees, chief culprit in cooking up the 'sanctions resolution', be beaten to death as a stick is fit for a rabid dog.
"There's limit to patience. Now is the time to annihilate the US imperialist aggressors. Let's reduce the US mainland into ashes and darkness.
"Let's vent our spite with mobilisation of all retaliation means which have been prepared before now. These are voices of the Korean army and people."
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North Korea's impassioned response may be full of hot air, but it nonetheless sparks further fears over whether Kim Jong-Un will do something truly stupid in his war with the world. The statement didn't just target the United States, but also criticised the statements made by Japan following the tests, who said that the North Korea's nuclear programme was "significantly hurting regional and international peace and stability".
"Also heard in the DPRK are strong accusations against the Japanese who have zealously joined in the US racket for sanctions. The behaviours of Japanese, sworn enemy of the Korean nation, are enraging us. The wicked Japanese should not be pardoned...
"A telling blow should be dealt to them, who have not yet come to their senses after the launch of our ICBM over the Japanese archipelago. The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us."
Japan's chief cabinet secretary found their statement to be outrageous, and claimed it "escalates tension in the region and is absolutely unacceptable".
Photos showing Kim Jong-Un inspecting what is believed to be the hydrogen bomb, have been theorised to be "50 to 100 times the power of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki". We'll have more on this issue as it develops.