(NationalSentinel) National Security:Â If you ever wondered just how unstable North Korean leader Kim Jong Un really is, this should answer your question.
A defector from the secretive Stalinist nation said in an interview withÂ NBC News’ Lester Holt that the “world should be ready” because Kim would most definitely retaliate to any attack on his country with a nuclear weapon:
A senior North Korean defector has told NBC News that the country’s “desperate” dictator is prepared to use nuclear weapons to strike the United States and its allies.Â
Thae Yong Ho is the most high profile North Korean defectorÂ in two decades, meaning he is able to give a rare insight into the secretive, authoritarian regime.Â
According to Thae, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is “desperate in maintaining his rule by relying on his [development of] nuclear weapons and ICBM.” He was using an acronym for intercontinental ballistic missiles â€” a long range rocket that in theory would be capable of hitting the U.S.
“Once he sees that there is any kind of sign of a tank or an imminent threat from America, then he would use his nuclear weapons with ICBM,” he added in an exclusive interview on Sunday.
Thae was living with his family in London, serving as his country’s deputy ambassador toÂ the United Kingdom before defecting to South Korea in August.
Though he said he hasn’t been involved in Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons development, he said the NorthÂ “has reached a very significant level of nuclear development.”
U.S. intelligence believes that the North likely possesses as many as eight nuclear bombs but has not yet demonstrated the capability to fit them to an ICBM.
Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, told NBC News that American officials were particularly troubled by this latest threat.
“They have the nuclear capability â€” they’ve demonstrated that,” he said. “And then, where they’re going with the miniaturization of that, whether they can actually weaponize a missile, that’s what’s driving the current concern.”
Earlier this month, we reported that the Trump administration signaled that it may consider a preemptive strike against the North if the White House and Pentagon felt that theÂ threat from Pyongyang rose to a certain level.
Over the weekend we reported that President Donald J. Trump appeared to reiterate that strategy Well, if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you, saying that if China didn’t work to solve the burgeoning nuclear crisis there, the U.S. would act unilaterally.
“Well, if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you,” he said.