In an interview with Voice of America on Monday, former U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Jack Keane made the remark amid the recent controversy in South Korea over the possible redeployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons.
Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times.
Al Jazeera report that North Korea's deputy United Nations ambassador has issued a warning to the U.S. about the possibility of a nuclear war, claiming that the situation on the Korean Peninsula "has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment". In March and April this year, the diplomat reminded, more than 300,000 servicemen took part in the maneuvers, which worked out a preemptive strike on North Korea.
He said North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to "such an extreme and direct nuclear threat" from the United States since the 1970s.
"The whole mainland of the U.S. is within our firing, and if the USA decides to go to our sacred territory, even an inch, it will not save our severe penalties in any part of the globe", he warned.More news: Kehinde Wiley Will Paint Barack Obama's Official Presidential Portrait
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South Korea and the United States began week-long joint Navy drills in the waters around the Korean peninsula on Monday, involving about 40 ships from both militaries, including the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, the South's defence ministry said.
The tension between the two nuclear power countries has intensified as North Korea continues to develop and threaten the use of its nuclear weapons.
While the USA insists on achieving a complete disarmament of North Korea's nuclear weapon as a precondition for talks, Pyongyang pledges that it will not return to a negotiating table until it develops a long-range ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States mainland.
President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with President Trump suggesting that only military action can resolve the crisis.
As part of the new sanctions, North Korean workers in the European Union will not have their work permits renewed when they expire, except for refugees and those needing worldwide protection.