North Korea warns of 'unimaginable blow'

By Elizabeth Shim Contact the Author   |  Oct. 23, 2017 at 9:21 AM
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Oct. 23 (UPI) -- North Korea warned Monday of an unimaginable blow at any time, after weeks of refraining from provocations.

Pyongyang's state-controlled KCNA said the announcement is being made in response to what it described as aggressive remarks from the United States.

"In the midst of the endless, hysterical war madness from the invaders, the provokers, upon these conditions our proper position, to deliver an unimaginable blow at any time, is ready," KCNA stated.

The news agency added, "Trump may speak of the 'calm before the storm,' in an attempt and foolish calculation to frighten us, but rather it is the United States that is hobbling around in fear and despair.

"The era of having faith in the United States has passed forever," North Korea stated.

Pyongyang said the deep nervousness of its enemies is reflected in statements noting North Korea has gone without provocations for at least a month.

"They are becoming more and more insecure," KCNA said.

North Korea said last week it would engage in a provocation in response to joint U.S.-South Korea naval drills around the peninsula.

That provocation has yet to take place.

North Korea's inflammatory rhetoric comes at a time former President Jimmy Carter is signaling interest in returning to Pyongyang to ease tensions, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Carter, who once eased tensions by striking a deal with Kim Jong Un's biological grandfather in 1994, said he wants to enter into a productive partnership with Trump, according to the report.

"I would go, yes," he said. "I'm afraid, too, of a situation...I don't know what they'll do. Because they want to save their regime."

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