Former Director of the Pentagon called trump not to provoke the DPRK
NEW YORK, April 14. /Offset. TASS Alexey Kachalin/. The President of the United States Donald Trump should be careful in decisions and in the choice of words, not to provoke the DPRK leadership, and not to unleash a nuclear conflict.
Such was the warning aired on NBC, former Secretary of defense and former Director of the Central intelligence Agency (CIA) Leon Panetta.
“The statements of the administration to once again contribute to the provocations that are happening. I think we (USA) should be careful,” — said Panetta.
“We should not take rash actions. None of these former US presidents in modern history did not actually pull the trigger when it was about North Korea. And there is a good reason,” said former chief Pentagon. “Potentially we are able to provoke a nuclear war that will claim millions of lives, we should be cautious,” warned Panetta.
“In Seoul there are 20 million people who are potential targets in case of attack by the DPRK. We gave China the ability to connect (to the peaceful settlement of the situation on the Korean Peninsula). We have to see what they (Beijing) will be able to do,” he suggested, commenting on the information from NBC about the readiness of the US to launch a “preemptive strike with conventional weapons” by the DPRK.
The situation on the Korean Peninsula flared up again at the beginning of last year, when Pyongyang carried out a nuclear test and later launched a ballistic missile artificial satellite of the Earth. In September 2016, the DPRK conducted another nuclear test, and over the years has produced more than 20 rocket launches. These launches continued this year, after a similar test in early March, the command of the American contingent in the Republic of Korea has announced that it has begun the deployment of anti-aircraft missile complex THAAD in this country, despite the objections of Moscow and Beijing.
U.S. has repeatedly stated that they consider all possible options against North Korea. On April 9 it became known that the Pacific command of the Armed forces of the United States directed towards the Korean Peninsula in a carrier strike group led by the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. The decision has raised concerns of the DPRK leadership, which does not exclude the possibility of a missile strike from the United States. In these circumstances, Pyongyang declare their intention to strengthen its nuclear potential on the background of aggressive policy of Washington.