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Monday, October 9, 2017


North Korea is believed to be preparing to test a long-range missile

North Korea is believed to be preparing to test a long-range missile

As the world frets over another missile test by North Korea, the reclusive nation has made its own accusation on Saturday.

North Korea repeated its claim that the U.S. tried to assassinate its leader Kim Jong Un.

Officials in North Korea accused America of using its war on terror as a means to overthrow hostile governments.

It said earlier this year, America made an alleged attempt to dethrone Kim Jong Un.

In allegations revealed in North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, the country claimed that the U.S. is “the main culprit behind terrorism.”

The report claimed that Pyongyang’s representatives to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly clarified that they are committed to fighting terrorism, though “the main reason international terrorism is not yet annihilated” is because of U.S. interference.

The article further stated, “In May this year, a group of heinous terrorists who infiltrated into our country on the orders of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the U.S. and South Korean puppet Intelligence Service with the purpose of carrying out a state-sponsored terrorism against our supreme headquarters using biological and chemical substance were caught and exposed.”

The article described America as a “chameleon” that “changes its colors” so it can overthrow governments, particularly in the Middle East.

KCNA accused that in the Middle East, America used counterterrorism and non-proliferation of weapons interchangeably to justify wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

With all three countries still being at war, the article cited the latter two as governments that ended their nuclear programs only to be attacked by the United States soon after.

North Korea, in the article, yet again repeated its earlier claim that it wouldn’t consider giving up its nuclear program or weapons unless the United States ends its hostile policy toward them.

Meanwhile, a Russian lawmaker who just returned from a visit to Pyongyang said that North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile which it believes can reach the west coast of the United States.

Russia’s RIA news agency reported that Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee, and two other Russian lawmakers visited Pyongyang between October 2 and 6.

RIA quoted Morozov as saying, “They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States. 

As far as we understand, they intend to launch one more long-range missile in the near future. And in general, their mood is rather belligerent.”

The agency did not name any North Korean officials that Morozov met, but said that the lawmaker’s delegation had “high-level” meetings in Pyongyang.

RIA quoted Morozov as describing meetings with North Korean officials by saying that they “displayed serious determination and bellicose rhetoric.” 

The agency added, “The situation, of course, demands the swiftest intervention of all interested states, particularly those represented in the region, in order to prevent wide-scale military action.”

Meanwhile, the statement by the Russian lawmaker seemed to hold true as a U.S. official in Washington too said that there had been indications that North Korea could be preparing for a missile test on or around October 10 - which is the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Korean Workers Party and a day after the Columbus Day holiday in the United States.

Speaking anonymously, the official did not disclose the type of missile that could be tested but cautioned that North Korea in the past has not staged launches despite indications that it would.

Speaking at a conference in Washington this week, a senior CIA analyst said the North Korean government likely would stage some kind of provocation on October 10 but did not elaborate on what form it might take.

Yong Suk Lee, the deputy assistant director of the CIA’s Korea Mission Center, which was set up this year said, “There is a clarity of purpose in what (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un is doing. 

I don’t think he’s done. In fact, I told my own staff (that) October 10th is the Korean Workers Party founding day. That’s Tuesday in North Korea, but Monday – the Columbus Day holiday - in the United States. So stand by your phones.”

Tension have been at an all time high over the last few weeks as North Korea continues to intensify its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

Pyongyang has test-fired several missiles and conducted what it said was a test explosion of a hydrogen bomb.

It is soon advancing toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

Pyongyang and Washington have also exchanged tough rhetoric.

While U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if it threatens the United States, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responded by calling Trump deranged and saying he would pay dearly for his threat.

North Korea’s main ally, China has backed sanctions against Pyongyang.

In response to the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, China said on Saturday that it backed a worldwide ban on nuclear weapons.

China’s foreign ministry said in a statement, “China has always supported a complete and total ban on nuclear weapons, but also believes that the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament cannot be achieved overnight and must advance gradually within the existing disarmament mechanism. China is willing to work with all parties to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world.”

Source: North Korea Times

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