The Rodong Sinmun, North Korea’s leading newspaper, publishes photos in its Nov. 29, 2017, edition of the launch of the new Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile. Pyongyang claims the missile, which it test-fired the same day, is a new type that can reach any U.S. target. (Photo courtesy of Korea Media)(Kyodo)
Kyodo: U.S. studied plan to use 80 nuclear weapons if attacked by North KoreaThe United States reviewed and studied a plan “that could include the use of 80 nuclear weapons” in response to an attack by North Korea, according to U.S. journalist Bob Woodward in his book “Rage” published Tuesday.
As tensions between the United States and North Korea heightened after Pyongyang test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile in 2017, Washington had also been updating a plan for a leadership strike on Pyongyang, Woodward said in his book, based on interviews with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trump said in an interview with Woodward on Dec. 13, 2019 that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “was totally prepared” to go to war with the United States but that it was averted because of their first-ever U.S.-North Korea summit in June 2018, according to the book.
When Woodward asked whether Kim told Trump directly about his readiness to go to war, the president said, “Ah, yes, he did,” according to the book.
“And he expected to go (to war). But we met,” Woodward quoted Trump as saying.
Kim also told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he was ready to go to war and Pompeo later told an associate he did not know whether it was real or a bluff, according to the book.
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WNU Editor: A part of me is wondering if the White House wants this to be known. That the US was prepared to use dozens of nuclear weapons against North Korea if it launched an attack against the US mainland. Take it from me. A lot of world leaders and their advisers are reading these news reports and are discussing it.