In a peculiar letter to the Australian Foreign Minister, North Korean despot Kim Jong Un stated that his country is ““fully-fledged nuclear power”.
In an extraordinary manner, the letter was sent via North Korea’s embassy in Jakarta to Australia’s Indonesian embassy. Dated September 28, the letter appears to have been distributed about a week after Trump’s address to the United Nations General Assembly, when he said “the United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
“If Trump thinks that he would bring the DPRK [North Korea], a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it will be a big miscalculation and an expression of ignorance,’ the letter read. “The DPRK has emerged a fully-fledged nuclear power which has a strong nuclear arsenal and various kinds of nuclear delivery means made by dint of self-reliance and self-development. The real foe of nuclear force is a nuclear war itself.”
“The Foreign Affairs Committee … takes this opportunity to express belief that the parliaments of different countries loving independence, peace, and justice will fully discharge their due mission and duty in realising the desire of mankind for international justice and peace with sharp vigilance against the heinous and reckless moves of the Trump administration trying to drive the world into a horrible nuclear disaster.”
Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, posted a photo of the letter on her Facebook page.
Though addressed to “parliaments of different countries” no other recipients have come forward.
“This is the first letter that we can find that any Australian foreign minister has received from North Korea…it’s an open letter, this is not how they usually send messages around the world,” Bishop told the Sydney Morning Herald. She understood this to be a sign that economic sanctions against the rogue Asian nation are being effective.
“I read this as showing that the collective strategy of allies and partners to impose maximum pressure and diplomatic and economic sanctions on North Korea is working; this is a very unusual step of issuing an open letter of this character,” Bishop said in the interview. “Those two UN Security Council resolutions, which were embraced by China and Russia, impose for the first time sector-wide comprehensive sanctions against DPRK. And most of those sanctions have to be implemented by China.”