An American expert has warned of a global thermonuclear war due to the ongoing brinkmanship between the two Koreas, Press TV reports.
Mike Billington said North Korea’s “extreme rhetoric” and South Korea’s “tit-for-tat response” are likely to trigger a “global thermonuclear war which has to be seen in the context of the greatest global financial collapse now spreading across Europe and the United States.”
“If the North were to carry out another provocation as they have in the past by shelling an Island or something on that scale South Korea is totally capable and ready to respond with a fierce military response,” he told Press TV.
On Wednesday, South Korea said it has contingency military plans to employ in case North Korea threatens the safety of South Korean citizens working in a joint industrial zone.
“We have prepared a contingency plan, including possible military action, in case of a serious situation,” South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said.
On April 1, South Korean President Park Guen-hye warned North Korea that any provocation would be met with a “strong response” after Pyongyang said it was in a “state of war” with the South. Pyongyang warned that any provocation by Seoul and Washington would trigger an “all-out nuclear war.”
“We’re in a global situation which is very very close to war,” Billington warned.
Seoul and Washington launched a week-long annual joint military maneuver near the Korean Peninsula despite warnings from Pyongyang On March 11. The maneuver involved 10,000 South Korean soldiers and about 3,000 US troops.
North Korea responded on March 26 by saying that its military should be prepared to attack “all US military bases in the Asia-Pacific region, including the US mainland, Hawaii, and Guam” and South Korea.
On March 31, the US sent a guided-missile destroyer to the southwestern coast of the Korean Peninsula to ‘defend against a possible North Korean rocket launch.’