Pyongyang, North Korea — North Korea’s “Military First” policy has created an army that is the 4th largest in the entire world. The isolated nation is reported to have over 1 million active-duty troops — who are equipped with 5,000 tanks, 2,000 armored personnel carriers, 9,000 field artillery pieces, and 6,000 multiple rocket launchers.
And in the event of a war, what its military lacks in drone-era weaponry, it makes up for with sheer numbers, nuclear weapons, and a fanatical devotion to its Supreme Leader — Kim Jong-Un.
For over two decades, North Korea’s purported nuclear weapons program has been its “ace in the hole” — allowing it to bargain for food and monetary aid from the international community. Perhaps, this has been its only saving grace from total collapse. Since the great famine of the 1990s, experts estimate that nearly 2.5 million North Koreans have died of hunger. But with international pressure mounting against its nuclear weapons program, the rogue nation may have just lost its very last ally and longest benefactor — China.
At the 2016 Global Nuclear Summit, the United States and China signed a “denuclearization” pact intended to stabilize the region. The two superpowers also agreed on fully implementing the terms of the United Nations’ economic sanctions against North Korea.
Remember the old saying “back a dog into a corner and it’s going to bite”?
In an official letter obtained by The Daily NK, the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of North Korea lashed out with a public letter — condemning China for making a pact with its “sworn enemy”. The letter also commanded its military and citizens to be prepared to launch a “nuclear storm” on China.
North Korea’s foreign minister Lee Su-yong stated:
“In response to the US frenzied hysteria for unleashing a nuclear war… we state resolutely about the readiness to deliver a pre-emptive nuclear strike.”