Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

'It would be suicidal to attack the United States of America first': North Korean diplomats

'It would be suicidal to attack the United States of America first': North Korean diplomats

A US attack on North Korea would be countered by indoctrinated soldiers fighting with religious fervor on behalf of their leader, Kim Jong Un, who has developed a cult following, a retired South Korean general said.

In an article in 38 North, Alexander Vorontsov, head of the Department for Korean and Mongolian Studies and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russia Academy of Sciences, said North Korean diplomats are anxious the misunderstanding is clouding perceptions of the regime's weapons program. North Korea's dictator would be likely to interpret a "bloody-nose" attack as the beginning of a full-out war, tempting him to retaliate immediately and in full - including with nuclear weapons - to maximize his chances of survival.

Vorontsov says the North Koreans he spoke with reiterated that they're striving to reach some kind of "nuclear parity" with the US.

The North's diplomats also pointed to a sharp gap in perceptions between Americans and South Koreans about the seriousness of the crisis.

In fact, sources tell NBC News that Trump made a career USA intelligence officer uncomfortable past year when he grilled her on her Korean heritage and demanded to know why she wasn't being used to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

President Trump on Thursday told The Wall Street Journal,"I probably have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un", suggesting he may be newly open to diplomacy.

Tensions have receded dramatically on the peninsula since North and South have held high-level talks at Panmunjom, and North Korea agreed to send its athletes to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The North's air force of about 1,000 fighter jets, while is out of date, could launch kamikaze-style attacks, said Chun, who served in South Korea's military for almost 40 years.

Officials from African countries were taken aback by the report.

"The United States blabbers on about religious freedom and speaks blasphemously of our republic's highest dignity", the North Korean council said, according to KCNA.

Defectors have said being found in possession of a Bible is a punishable offense in North Korea.

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