(NEW YORK) — As the U.S. tries to extricate itself from an 11-year-long war in Afghanistan, an old nemesis is alleging that Washington is ready to start another one in the Far East.
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Kil Yon told the United Nations General Assembly on Monday that the U.S. has drawn up plans to launch a second Korean War but this time, nuclear weapons will be involved.
The only thing that has stopped Washington from undertaking such a venture, according to Pak, is the military might of Pyongyang.
Nonetheless, Pak warned that just a single event could trigger a thermonuclear conflict that could have a devastating impact on the region and the world.
He defined the U.S. strategy as first launching a “vicious cycle of confrontation and aggravation” against North Korea as a prelude to taking over the Korean peninsula with the eventual goal of dominating the entire Asian continent.
Pak claimed the only way to make certain that this scenario doesn’t occur is for the U.S. to end all hostilities toward North Korea, which his government refers to as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN