Former Pentagon chief William Perry warned about North Korea’s nuclear program as risk against global security a few hours before the hydrogen bomb test on Wednesday. John Everard, former British ambassador to North Korea, said Kim Jong-un could just press the nuclear button. Is this the signal for a Nuclear war?
Former US Secretary of Defense identified North Korea’s nuclear capability as one of the most dangerous in the world. Perry served at the Pentagon under former president Bill Clinton from 1994 to 1997. He was Deputy Secretary of Defense in 1993 to 1994 and Undersecretary of defense for research and Engineering in 1977 to 1981.
Perry said that North Korea has the most aggressive atomic weapons that pose perilous threat against the world. His comment was made a few hours before North Korea announced it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on Wednesday, The Guardian reported.
Perry is currently a professor emeritus at Stanford University and senior fellow at the university’s Hoover Institution. He is also at present the co-director of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Initiative and the Preventive Defense Project.
Everard, former British ambassador to North Korea, expressed the same view. Writing for the Daily Mail, he said Pyongyang has nuclear shelters or tunnels similar to what Britain had during the Cold War era. “The truly worrying thing is that if Kim Jong-un believes he can survive a nuclear attack or counterattack, then he may well be willing to press his own nuclear button,” he wrote. Is this the start of a Nuclear war?
Everard said that North Korea may be in the process of developing more nuclear weapons that could directly launch a nuclear war against U.S. “An attack on one of the big cities on the Western coast of America becomes a real possibility,” he wrote. “We can be sure that Kim Jong-un’s scientists will continue to try to develop both a hydrogen bomb and the means to deliver it,” he further stated.
As previously reported by Morning News USA, North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on Wednesday. On Thursday, The New York Times reported that the United States Pacific Command had since considered an overflight of the border of North Korea and South Korea with B-52 or the B-2. Both are nuclear-capable bombers. Furthermore, South Korean and American officials had discussed about the possible deployment of the Thaad for Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense in South Korea. Thaad is an advanced missile defense system.
Perry had also noted of the growing possibility of a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia, saying that it was much greater today than it was during the Cold War days. “A new danger has been rising in the past three years and that is the possibility there might be a nuclear exchange between the United States and Russia brought about by a substantial miscalculation, a false alarm,” Perry warned as quoted by The Guardian. As previously reported by Morning News USA, president Vladimir Putin had recently named U.S. and NATO as the greatest threat against his nation’s security. The recent spat between Saudi Arabia and Iran had also dragged Russia and the U.S. further into a Nuclear War conflict.