A delegation from the Stalinist state is said to have got a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin last month during the Inter-Parliamentary Union talks in St Petersburg. Pictured: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un during a test launch of a ground-to-ground medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12
By IAIN BURNS
North Korea sent a letter to Russia explaining that the totalitarian dictatorship was ‘prepared to conduct a nuclear strike against the United States’, according to a report.
A delegation from the Stalinist state is said to have got a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin last month during the Inter-Parliamentary Union talks in St Petersburg.
According to Kremlin propaganda tool Sputnik News, the Americans changed their stance towards North Korea after being told about the letter by Russia.
Sputnik said the document was given to upper house speaker Valentina Matviyenko by the North Korea delegation, who then passed it on to President Putin.
According to Kremlin propaganda tool Sputnik News , the Americans changed their stance towards North Korea after being told about the letter by Russia. Pictured: Trump and Putin shake hands in Vietnam on Friday
This July 28 picture released from North Korea’s state news agency shows a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile being test-lauched at an undisclosed site in North Korea
President Donald Trump on Saturday said he was offended by North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un after official state media in Pyongyang referred to him as a ‘lunatic old man’
But Putin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday that he was unaware of the letter.
It comes after three US aircraft carriers teamed up with Japanese ships for joint naval exercises designed to send a clear warning to North Korea.
The battle groups of the USS Ronald Reagan, the Theodore Roosevelt and the Nimitz will successively enter the exercise area during the drills that run until tomorrow, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
Sputnik said the document was given to upper house speaker Valentina Matviyenko by the North Korea delegation, who then passed it on to President Putin. Pictured: The dictator inspecting technology
The United States has been sending its strategic assets, also including long-range bombers, to the region more frequently for patrols or drills amid accelerating North Korean efforts to expand its nuclear weapons program.
In recent months, North Korea has tested intercontinental ballistic missiles that could reach the U.S. mainland with further development and has conducted its most powerful nuclear test. It also flew two new midrange missiles over Japan and threatened to launch them toward Guam, a U.S. Pacific territory and military hub.
Trump has been working to rally global pressure against North Korea’s nuclear weapons program on a trip to Asia. That includes a stern speech delivered in South Korea’s National Assembly on Tuesday, in which he said: ‘Do not underestimate us. And do not try us…The weapons you’re acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger. Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.’
The aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) are underway, conducting operations, in international waters as part of a three-carrier strike force exercise in the western Pacific
On Saturday, Kim’s government responded by accusing Trump of trying to demonize North Korea, keep it apart from the international community and undermine its government.
‘Reckless remarks by an old lunatic like Trump will never scare us or stop our advance,’ the North’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. ‘On the contrary, all this makes us more sure that our choice to promote economic construction at the same time as building up our nuclear force is all the more righteous, and it pushes us to speed up the effort to complete our nuclear force.’
In response to that Trump tweeted from Hanoi on Sunday morning: ‘Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?”
Trump went on to say: ‘Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!’