“crazy and radical group”; these words by Israeli defense minister about the North Korea made the officials in Pyongyang infuriated. In response, North Korea called Israel the “only illegal possessor” of nukes in the middle east and a real threat to the people living in the region.
In an interview with Hebrew news site Walla, Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli defense minister, called the North Korean leader a “madman” and accused the “crazy and radical group” of “undermining global stability.” In response, Pyongyang called Lieberman “sordid and wicked” and asserted that his comments are to cover up its illegal acts throughout the region and world.
Lieberman also referred to the nuclear tests of the North calling them the steps to cross the redlines. The North Korean Foreign Ministry responded by calling Israel a disturbance of peace and saying North Korea is fully entitled to equip itself against any potential aggression of the United states. The north Korean statement reads:
The DPRK’s access to nuclear weapons is the legitimate exercise of its righteous right for self-defense to cope with the US provocative moves for aggression and the DPRK's nuclear force is the treasured sword of justice firmly defending peace on the Korean peninsula and in the region.
Lieberman’s remarks were not welcomed in Israel either with Israeli politicians believing the country has enough of enemies in the world. Moshe Ya’alon, the former defense minister, said:
The minister of talk is chattering irresponsibly about North Korea. And there is no prime minister to rein in the babbling and posturing ministers.
The tensions over North Korea escalated after the country’s multiple missile tests, the latest yesterday, and speculations towards its sixth nuclear test. Besides, Trump’s failure in administering the issue led to more tensions.
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