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North Korean defector warns pre-emptive U.S. strike would trigger 'automatic retaliation'

North Korean defector warns pre-emptive U.S. strike would trigger 'automatic retaliation'”

"If there is any sound of fire or bomb or strike from Americans, the military artilleries and short-range missiles will fire against South Korea", Thae added.

Kim Han-sol made global headlines in 2012 for calling his uncle Kim Jong-un a "dictator" during an interview with a Finnish television station.

The South Korean capital, and by far its largest city, Seoul, is barely 50 miles from the 49th parallel.

Thae, who defected to South Korea previous year with his wife and two sons, said the west needs to get information into the country that is specially tailored to help North Koreans break out of the Kim regime's systematic brainwashing. "But we can educate North Korean population to stand up by disseminating outside information".

North Korea once held public executions to try to stop people there from smuggling in South Korean dramas that they watched purely for entertainment. Chinese and North Korean media outlets have also expressed criticisms of the other. Thae said of these subversive tactics.

On Thursday, North Korea's official news agency KCNA reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping hopes to promote North Korean-Chinese relations in his response to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's message to him after the Communist Party Congress.

"The U.S.is spending billions of dollars to cope with the military threat. Unfortunately, it may be a tiny fraction".

He said these tactics were already having an effect, helping foment a "flourishing" black market economy and greater knowledge of Western culture.

Mr. Thae also suggested China could help by allowing an "exit route" for North Korean defectors and said a "massive exodus" would cause Kim's regime to collapse.

Meanwhile, North Korea maintains that the USA bolstering its presence off the Korean peninsula and staging war games with their regional allies constitutes preparation for a pre-emptive strike, which could escalate into a possible nuclear war. "But it is necessary to reconsider whether we have tried all non-military options before we decide that military action against North Korea is all that is left", he said.

He also suggested that the USA should meet the North Korean leader to assess his thinking. They have called for the implementation of the so-called "double-freeze" initiative, which envisages North Korea suspending its nuclear and missile program in exchange for the US and South Korea abandoning military exercises in the region.

"I strongly believe that if there is any preventive or surgical strike of whatever, war will be won by America and South Korea, there is no doubt about it, but we have to see the human sacrifice from this military option", the defector said. It also wants nothing short of full normalization of relations with the USA and to be treated with respect and as an equal in the global arena.



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