Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

N Korea months from USA strike: diplomat

N Korea months from USA strike: diplomat

The accusations came in response to a statement made by U.S. disarmament envoy, who said that North Korea's nuclear program must be "completely, verifiably and irreversibly eliminated".

According to a report by Reuters, U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told a conference in Geneva, Switzerland that the country has "accelerated" its pursuit of nuclear weapons in recent months.

"Like many, we are deeply concerned about the potential consequences of a preemptive military strike on North Korea and the risks of miscalculation and retaliation", the senators wrote.

He went on by saying that North Korea, as well as Russian Federation and China, is expanding its nucelar stickpiles "in some cases pursuing the development of new nuclear capabilities to threaten other peaceful nations".

The hermit kingdom poses an "urgent and unpredictable threat to the United States, allies and partners" and its nuclear program must be "completely, verifiably and irreversibly eliminated", he added.

Asked how long Kim could strike the US, Pompeo said a "handful of months".

North Korea has reached over to its in recent weeks ahead of the Olympics, which begin later this week in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The tyrant carried out a series of missile and nuclear tests past year and has escalated worldwide tensions. Despite an global outcry and crippling sanctions, Pyongyang has refused to scale back its nuclear ambitions. "While we must always be ready to respond with decisive action to a North Korean provocation, it would be extremely irresponsible to instigate military conflict prior to exhausting every diplomatic option... without congressional authority, a preventative or preemptive USA military strike would lack either a constitutional basis or legal authority".

Wood took the floor to respond: "If you claim to want peace, end your nuclear and ballistic missile tests and stop your provocative behavior and threats".

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