Just days after Dennis Rodman, the multi-pierced former NBA basketball player, proclaimed North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un to be his best friend, a spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry threatened “a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors….”
Although general inflammatory rhetoric has often emanated from the northern sector of the Asian peninsula, this most recent expression of hostility was very specifically aimed at the United States.
At a rally last week, General Kang Pyo Yong told the crowd that North Korea is ready to launch missiles at our nation’s capital. According to Edith M. Lederer and Hyung-Jin Kim, writing for the Huffington Post, Kang specified, “When we shell, Washington, which is the stronghold of evils, … will be engulfed in a sea of fire.”
No warhead yet
So far, according to U.S. analysts, North Korea does not have a nuclear warhead that is small enough to fit on top of a North Korean missile that is capable of reaching our country. But, Kang proclaimed, “Intercontinental ballistic missiles and various other missiles, which have already set their striking targets, are now armed with lighter, smaller and diversified nuclear warheads and are placed on a standby status.”...