2017-09-13 00:28:11 UTC
By Megan Henney
September 05, 2017
An increasingly antagonistic North Korea could be destroyed within 20
minutes if it were to attack South Korea, Japan or the United States, said
Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for National
“I don’t think they want a war with the United States or a nuclear war,”
Kazianis told FOX Business’ Neil Cavuto on Cavuto: Coast to Coast. “It would
be suicide for Kim Jong-Un.”
Sunday afternoon local time, the Hermit Kingdom conducted its sixth and most
powerful nuclear test to date, claiming that it was a hydrogen bomb with the
capability to hit the United States. Despite harsh sanctions issued by the
United Nations in August, the country has continued to defy international
outrage, and the recent test earned another round of criticism from the U.S.
and its allies.
President Donald Trump lashed out at countries who he accused of being too
soft on North Korea and said that all options remain on the table.
“The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping
all trade with any country doing business with North Korea,” he tweeted on
Sunday, after singling out South Korea for its “talk of appeasement with
What the North’s goal is, Kazianis said, is not to start a war with the
U.S., but to deter it from enacting regime change.
“But the chances are of some accidental confrontation -- an ICBM dropping on
Japan -- is why they’re playing with fire,” he said.