“Fire” and “Fury” sounds like baby talk compared to what Slick Willy said in 1993.
July 12, 1993 – The North Korean Government accused President Clinton today of provoking it with threats of war after he warned that the United States would retaliate if North Korea developed nuclear arms.
The statement by the Communist Government of Kim Il Sung came just hours after it handed over what it said were remains of 17 American soldiers killed in the Korean War.
On his weekend visit to South Korea, President Clinton warned that if North Korea developed and used an atomic weapon, “we would quickly and overwhelmingly retaliate.”
“It would mean the end of their country as they know it,” he said. ‘Rash Act’ by U.S.
The North Korean Government lashed back today through its Korean Central News Agency, monitored in Tokyo.
“The United States must ponder over the fatal consequences that might arise from its rash act,” the statement said. “If anyone dares to provoke us, we will immediately show him in practice what our bold decision is.”
North Korea has denied that it is developing nuclear weapons but has banned inspections of two sites suspected of being nuclear installations. Last month, North Korea backed off from its decision to drop out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, but the issue of site inspections was left unresolved. Further talks on the matter are to begin Wednesday in Geneva, where Washington is expected to press North Korea to accept inspections or face consequences that could include economic sanctions.
The United States has made the return of war dead and the resolution of nuclear issues conditions of improving ties between the two nations. So far, bones said to belong to only 45 of more than 8,000 missing troops have been returned, and United States officials said not all of those remains were human. Japan Accused, Too
North Korea also accused Japan of planning its own nuclear arsenal.
At the meeting of major industrialized nations in Tokyo last week, Japan was the only one to refuse to endorse an indefinite extension of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
Japan’s objection “revealed the intention of the Japanese Government of arming Japan with nuclear weapons at any cost,” said a North Korean Foreign Ministry official quoted by the Korean press agency.