A defector from North Korea just gave a chilling message to the United States, reports NBC News.
In an interview Monday, former deputy ambassador to the U.K. Thae Yong Ho told NBC that dictator Kim Jong Un will deploy nukes at the first sign of any threat, be it a nuclear weapon or a tank. He is “desperate in maintaining his rule by relying on his nuclear weapons and ICBM,” Thae said.
A North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear weapon attached could reach the U.S. Experts do not believe that North Korea has such capabilities, but the country is obviously working on it.
“If Kim Jong Un has nuclear weapons and ICBMs, he can do anything,” Thae told NBC. “So, I think the world should be ready to deal with this kind of person.”
The world has watched nervously as the acceleration of North Korea’s nuclear program has continued and the posture of its young dictator has become more aggressive.
In February, North Korea fired four missiles toward Japan according to Reuters. They landed in the Sea of Japan close to Japan’s northwest coast.
Kim believes that nuclear capability equals national security and a personal grip on power. He views the political downfalls in Libya and Iraq, who abandoned their weapons of mass destruction programs before being overthrown, as a lesson to substantiate his nuclear obsession. Thae said.
China may be in the best position to put the squeeze on Kim Jong Un, yet the country has refused. The Koren peninsula is separated from Japan by the Sea of Japan on the east, but North Korea shares a border with China at the Yalu River.
China sees North Korea as a buffer against Western politics and culture. However, the risk of North Korean aggression anywhere in the region posts a huge threat that China should not underestimate.
First of all, China is North Korea’s largest trading partner, and destabilization of North Korea would be an economic blow to China. Second, any collapse of North Korea could send hundreds of thousands of refugees into China, as CNBC reported.
Third, and most important, no country — including China — should feel safe from Kim Jong Un, whom Sen. John McCain recently called a “crazy fat kid.”
If China won’t help, the Trump administration has vowed to go it alone. “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will,” President Donald Trump told the Financial Times.
This could quickly get ugly.