The North Korean government released a statement through its state-run news agency Tuesday that should it sense a threat on North Korean President Kim Jong Un from the United States, the communist country will retaliate with a nuclear strike on U.S. soil.
CNN reported that, during an interview with Pyongyang's state-run Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday, a foreign ministry spokesman said, "Should the U.S. dare to show even the slightest sign of attempt to remove our supreme leadership, we will strike a merciless blow at the heart of the US with our powerful nuclear hammer, honed and hardened over time."
The statement came just weeks after Kim personally oversaw a ballistic missile test that experts, and North Korea said is capable of reaching Alaska or Hawaii. Kim called the July 4 test a "gift" for the "American bastards" as the U.S. celebrated its Independence Day.
The U.S. and South Korea conducted a missile test of their own shortly afterward with a precision-guided missile that military officials said was capable of “a precision strike at the enemy leadership," then followed that by releasing video taken by spies of Kim Jong Un at the missile testing site. The message from U.S. military forces was that the U.S. was capable of eliminating Kim at any time.
U.S. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander of American forces in Seoul, added that "self-restraint" was all that was keeping the U.S. from war with North Korea and that “it would be a grave mistake for anyone to believe anything to the contrary.”
North Korea has been silent in response to offers of peace talks with South Korea's Unification Ministry and criticized the offer on state-run news agencies. Regardless, South Korea said the offer for peace talks have no deadline.
However, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said over the weekend that the U.S. will give North Korea a diplomatic option for only “a few more months," according to the Daily Beast.