North Korea has accused Israel of being the “only illegal possessor” of nukes and threat to peace in the Middle East, and threatened Tel Aviv with a “thousand-fold punishment” after Israeli Defense Minister called Pyongyang’s leadership a “crazy and radical group.” In an interview with Hebrew news site Walla this week, Avigdor Lieberman stated that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is a “madman” in charge of a “crazy and radical group” which is “undermining global stability.” Pyongyang “seems to have crossed the red line with its recent nuclear tests,” the Israeli defense minister said, according to the Times of Israel.
In response, Pyongyang promised a “thousand-fold punishment to whoever dares hurt the dignity of its supreme leadership,” calling Lieberman’s “sordid and wicked” remarks a part of Israel’s smear campaign to cover up its own crimes.
Firing back at the perceived hypocrisy, the North Korean Foreign Ministry said that, unlike #Israel, which is a “disturber of peace” in its neighborhood, their country is full entitled to seek deterrence against “US aggression.” “Israel is the only illegal possessor of nukes in the Middle East under the patronage of the US. However, Israel vociferated about the nuclear deterrence of the DPRK, slandering it, whenever an opportunity presented itself,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman said, as cited by state-run agency KCNA.
While Israel has never publicly confirmed or denied possessing nukes, it is universally believed to have dozens of #warheads, and maintains ambiguous policy that it will not be the first to “introduce” them in the Middle East. “The DPRK’s access to #nuclear weapons is the legitimate exercise of its righteous right for self-defense to cope with the #usprovocative moves for aggression and the DPRK's nuclear force is the treasured sword of justice firmly defending peace on the #koreanpeninsula and in the region,” the North #koreanstatement added.
#pyongyangwent on to call Israel a “culprit of #crimes against humanity” and an “occupier” which seeks to dominate the region and oppress #Palestinians.