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North Korea issued its first explicit threat to Japan this week, claiming it would sink the entire country with a nuclear bomb in fresh verbal conflict with the United Nations.
The Korea Asia-Pacific peace committee, which oversees North Korea’s relations with the outside world, was responding to the UN’s official condemnation of North Korea’s missile test over Japan last month.
“The four islands of the [Japanese] archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche,” the committee said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency. “Japan is no longer needed to exist near us,” it added.
The threat to sink a country of 127 million people is certainly extreme, but it’s not the weirdest statement to come out of North Korea. After a series of strange warnings from the country in recent years, here’s a round-up of the most bizarre threats Kim Jong-un and his supporters have made against the rest of the world:
Threatened to reduce the US to “ashes and darkness”
North Korea also suggested the US should be “beaten to death like a rabid dog”. This was a reference to the “heinous resolution” a 15-member security council made by voting unanimously in support of a US-drafted plan condemning the missile test over Japan. The resolution also imposed measures that include a ban on North Korean textile imports and restrictions on oil exports to the country.
“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 till now,” the Korea Asia-Pacific peace committee said in response.
Threatened to bring the US the “greatest pain” it will ever suffer
Earlier this week North Korea’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Ha Tae Song, said Pyongyang is ”ready to use a form of ultimate means”, after the UN resolved to impose sanctions which would starve the country of fuel and income for its weapons programme,
“The forthcoming measures by DPRK [the Democratic Republic of Korea] will make the US suffer the greatest pain it has ever experienced in its history,” he told a UN conference, branding the sanctions an “illegal resolution”.
Warned the US to keep its “stinky face” out
Last month an article in North Korean state newspaper Rodong Simmun published comments from an unnamed spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry, who promised to use “strategic nuclear force” to “teach the US some manners.”
The spokesman is quoted as saying: “If the US is stupid enough to shove its stinky face on this land again and keep brandishing its nuclear club despite our repeated warnings, the DPRK will teach the US some manners with the strategic nuclear force that it had so far shown to the world. Any form of military threat or blackmail by the US can never scare the DPRK. On the contrary, it will only redouble the resolve of the Korean army and people to annihilate the enemy.”
Said North Korea’s successful intercontinental ballistic missal test was a gift to “American b*******” on their Independence Day
After launching a ICBM test on American Independence Day this year, Kim Jong-un said: “America b******* would be not very happy with this gift sent on the July 4 anniversary”.
The move prompted US President Donald Trump to tweet: “Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?”
Threatened a Christmas day terrorist attack because of a Hollywood movie
American actors James Franco and Seth Rogen seemed to personally enrage Kim Jong-un after making a comedy flick about two tabloid journalists who land an interview with the supreme leader himself. In June 2014, the North Korean government threatened action against the US if Columbia Pictures released the film.
Before its release, Sony Pictures Entertainment was attacked by a group the FBI said had ties to North Korea. The group also threatened terrorist attacks against cinemas that showed the film on its release date of Christmas day.
North Korea’s National Defence Commission spokesman denounced the US for screening the “dishonest and reactionary movie hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK [North Korea] and agitating terrorism” in a statement.
President Obama, the statement said, “is the chief culprit who forced the Sony Pictures Entertainment to indiscriminately distribute the movie.”
It added: “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest.”
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