The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has given official notice of its death wish:
North Korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the BBC in Pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the US.
“We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC’s John Sudworth.
He said that an “all-out war” would result if the US took military action.
No, really, he said that:
Mr Han told the BBC: “If the US is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method.”
Which suggests to me that they’re likely going after their neighbors to the south, whom they consider to be clients of the hated US, inasmuch as Nork projectiles don’t seem to have enough gumption to get even halfway to Berkeley.
But even that is risky business for them:
If they somehow manage to nuke Seoul (it’s close enough they could more or less send a bomb over on mule back), the NORK survivors will find that they have cornered the world market on radioactive glass.
If nothing else, it would mean the end, at long last, of the Korean War, which has been going on three years longer than I have.