North Korean Ambassador to the UN: ‘Thermonuclear War May Break Out at Any Moment’

U.S.-North Korea tensions continued to rise Monday as the North Korean Deputy Representative to the United Nations gave an impassioned speech during an impromptu press conference.

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Giving remarks just hours after Vice President Mike Pence visited a demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, North Korean official Kim In Ryong said, according to CNN:

“The U.S. is disturbing the global peace and stability and insisting on the gangster-like logic that its invasion of a sovereign state is ‘decisive, and just, and proportionate’ and contributes to ‘defending’ the international order in its bid to apply it to the Korean Peninsula as well.”

Kim is allegedly referring to the U.S. building up its naval presence in the waters off the Korean peninsula, as well as the recent strike in Syria.

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“[The increased U.S. naval presence] has created a dangerous situation in which thermonuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula and poses a serious threat to world peace and security,” Kim stated Monday.

Spokesperson for the United Nations Stephane Dujarric made it clear that the U.N. was not taking these comments lightly: “We’re obviously deeply concerned about the rising tensions that we’ve seen in the Korean Peninsula. We call on all to redouble their diplomatic efforts.”

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Kim continued by admonishing the U.S. for introducing its “huge nuclear strategic assets” into the Korean Peninsula, saying it is “seriously threatening peace and security of the Peninsula and pushing the situation there to a brink of war.”

Taking his comments a step further, as the Chicago Tribune reported, the North Korean official would say that “if the U.S. dares opt for a military action,” North Korea “is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.”

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