War of words erupts at nuclear disarmament talks

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We are sounding the alarm over South Korea Ambassador vacancy; Warning of significant risk of preemptive strike against North Korea.

Understandably, the Pyeongchang "thaw" has attracted major headlines.

The Rodong Sinmun went on to compare Trump's speech to Bush's 2002 State of the Union address, in which Bush used the phrase "axis of evil" to describe Iraq, Iran and North Korea.

Koh did not rule out a possibility of North Korea-US dialogue following the Olympics next month.

On Tuesday, Washington said that the repressive regime in North Korea might be only months away from attaining a ballistic missile capable of launching a nuclear weapon to the U.S. in a matter of hours. The regime continues to work on its ballistic missiles and nuclear programs.

North Korea "may now be only months away from the capability to strike the U.S. with nuclear-armed ballistic missiles", he said. China is now showing the world it is preparing for an inevitable nuclear war on the Korean peninsula.

Despite a thaw in inter-Korean relations, the USA is seen as shifting to a tougher stance on North Korea by addressing the brutality of its leader Kim Jong-un - a provocative action that could enrage the communist state.

"U.S. officials including the defense secretary and the Central Intelligence Agency director repeatedly talked about DPRK nuclear and missile threat to justify their argument for a military option and a new concept of a so-called "bloody nose", a limited pre-emptive strike on the DPRK is under consideration within the US administration", Ju said.

There are two basic flaws underlying what one expert has termed "the myth of the limited strike".

"We are in contact with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees".

North Korea has a history of responding harshly, even hysterically, to mentions of their human rights abuses.

The British government fired back at the USA leader's comments, with a spokesperson for May stating: "The prime minister is proud of having an NHS that is free at the point of delivery", according to Sky News.

"This time, if he gets to meet Moon, he could convey Kim Jong Un's message or invitation to Pyongyang", Cheong said.

Judging by the North Korean response, Trump may have struck a nerve.

We hope that this trend continues and that the United States will no longer see the need to further boost its already top nuclear capability, lest this spur traditional Cold War rival Russian Federation to respond and trigger a new worldwide arms race.

Pyongyang would have a compelling incentive to retaliate early with any nuclear reserve that survived a USA first strike.

Pugwash's mission is to bring scientific insight and reason to bear on namely, the catastrophic threat posed to humanity by nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.

"It says that nuclear weapons may have a role not just (in) nuclear deterrence, but (in) the deterrence of non-nuclear strategic threats, including potential cyber attacks that affect the US infrastructure or a conventional attack with strategic implications", he said. This will be reflected in a hair-trigger launch posture if it perceives an imminent threat.

Ju Yong-chol, the North Korean diplomat at the conference, didn't shy away from accusing the US of using the North's missile and nuclear programs as an excuse for a possible pre-emptive strike on the regime. While the appalling humanitarian consequences of this don't need to be spelt out, the strategic illogic of the arguments advocating a first strike must be continually reinforced.

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