Thae Yong Ho, a top North Korean defector, said the country is prepared to use nuclear weapons against the United States and its allies, NBC News is reporting.
Thae, the most high profile North Korean defector in two decades, said dictator Kim Jong-un is intent on maintaining his rule and could use intercontinental ballistic missiles against his enemies if need be.
“Once he sees that there is any kind of sign of a tank or an imminent threat from America, then he would use his nuclear weapons with ICBM,” he said.
His comments came during an interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt. The issue of North Korea is expected to be addressed when President Donald Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week, according to CNN.
Just last month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the U.S. would leave the option of military action on the table when it comes to dealing with North Korea, CNN reported.
In his interview with NBC, Thae warned the U.S. needs to be prepared.
“Kim Jong-un is a man who can do anything beyond the normal imagination” and “the final and the real solution to the North Korean nuclear issue is to eliminate Kim Jong-un from the post,” he said.
“Kim Jong-un is a person who did not even hesitate to kill his uncle and a few weeks ago, even his half-brother,” Thae said. “So, he is a man who can do anything to remove [anyone in] his way.”
Thae was serving as North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom when he defected to South Korean. He was not directly involved in that country’s weapons program.
“If Kim Jong-un has nuclear weapons and ICBMs, he can do anything,” he said. “So, I think the world should be ready to deal with this kind of person.”
And Thae acknowledged he is likely a target of the regime.
“I am already a marked man,” he said. “Kim Jong-un wants to eliminate any person or any country which poses a threat to him. And I think I am really a great threat to him.”
Source: newsmax – NKorean Defector: Kim Jong Un Prepared to Strike US With Nuclear Weapons
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