U.S. “Does Not Exclude” Nuclear First-Strike Against North Korea

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
By Paul Martin

Apr 26, 2016

The United States does not exclude the possibility of using first-strike nuclear weapons against North Korea, reports the South Korean agency Yonhap, citing Robert Einhorn, former adviser to control and non-proliferation of weapons in the US State Department.

“One of the reasons it is not excluded is the existence of a threat to South Korea by the North Koreans,” said the American politician.

He said Washington never followed the principle of “do not use nuclear weapons first.”

“So the US is ready, if necessary, for a nuclear first strike in East Asia, to support South Korea and Japan. This remains American policy,” said Einhorn.

North Korea also said it is ready to carry out a preemptive strike against the US and South Korea in case of any threat. At this time, Pyongyang has finished preparations for the fifth nuclear test.

In January, North Korea held a fourth test of nuclear weapons. In February it launched a missile that can reach, according to assessments, targets at a distance of 12,000 kilometers. In response, the UN Security Council adopted different sanctions against Pyongyang stop development of nuclear weapons.

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