Pyongyang: North Korea has warned that “nuclear war may break out at any moment” due to “reckless moves of aggression” from the US. North Korea has reportedly claimed it can strike the US mainland with a nuclear weapon at any time in a chilling letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At the weekend Putin called for calm as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang escalate. The ominous letter was handed over by a North Korean delegation to Russia last month.
It is claimed to have been passed to Valentina Matvienko, leader of Russia’s upper house, who then passed it to the Russian President. Yesterday US President Donald Trump posted a tweet claiming Kim had insulted him by calling him old, and said he would never call the North Korean despot ‘short and fat’.
North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb test on September 3, prompting another round of U.N. sanctions. In September Kim described Trump as a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” whom he would tame with fire. But Putin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday that he was unaware of the letter. It comes after three US aircraft carriers teamed up with Japanese ships for joint naval exercises designed to send a clear warning to North Korea.
The four-day drills that began in waters off South Korea’s eastern coast came as President Donald Trump traded insults with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.