North Korea 'only months away' from United States nuclear strike, claims diplomat

At last week's State of the Union address, however, Trump's speech did not include his usual name calling directed at North Korea's Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un, but based on the reclusive state's public response, Trump may have cut Kim deeper using traditional political showmanship than he ever did calling him, "Rocket Man".

When he went to North Korea to bring Warmbier back in June, State Department Special Representative Joseph Yun was able to visit with Kim and the other two Americans detained there, according to State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Kissinger offered his thoughts to Congress on the impending "fork in the road", in which the commander-in-chief and his administration may utilize tighter sanctions against the regime or even consider a pre-emptive military strike.

"But in any event, my own thinking, I would be very concerned by any unilateral American war at the borders of China and Russian Federation, in which we are not supported by a significant part of the world, or at least of the Asian world", Kissinger added.

"The empire of America would go to hell and the short history of the United States would end forever the moment he destroys even a single blade of grass on this land", the commentary added.

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Furthermore, if the USA moves to ease conditions for the use of nuclear arms and if the development of low-yield nuclear warheads were to bring so-called usable nukes closer to reality, more and more countries and militant groups could be tempted to pursue nuclear ambitions, much as North Korea is doing.

"Then we're living in a new world, in which technically competent countries with adequate command structures are possessing nuclear weapons in an area where there are considerable national disagreements", Kissinger explained. China, however, undoubtedly has more influence over the regime. It was in recognition of it mission to "diminish the part played by nuclear arms in global politics and, in the longer run, to eliminate such arms" that Pugwash and its co-founder, Sir Joseph Rotblat, were awarded the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize.

The tyrant carried out a series of missile and nuclear tests a year ago and has escalated worldwide tensions.

North Korea followed up July 28th with another ICBM test, this time reaching a height of 2,300 miles, which on the right trajectory could possibly have reached Washington D.C., 6,800 miles away.

On Tuesday a South Korean spokesman for the presidential Blue House said a report in a local newspaper about North Korea cash demands, in exchange for a nuclear freeze, is false, Kyunghyang Shinmun reported.

  • Adam Floyd