This undated photo provided on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visiting the nation's Mount Paektu area. KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY/KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP
This undated photo provided on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visiting the nation's Mount Paektu area. KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY/KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP

North Korea lashes out at Trump’s threat of military force

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea lashed out Wednesday at President Donald Trump’s threat to use military force if necessary to achieve denuclearization, warning that “the use of armed forces is not the privilege of the U.S. only.”

Trump called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday to live up to promises to rid his country of nuclear weapons.

“Now, we have the most powerful military we ever had, and we are by far the most powerful country in the world, and hopefully we don’t have to use it," Trump told reporters at the NATO summit in London. "But if we do, we’ll use it."

Those remarks drew a sharp response from Pak Jong Chon, the chief of the general staff of North Korea’s army, who said he and Kim Jong Un were “displeased” to hear Trump’s comments.

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