The illustrations sees North Korean warheads destroying the Capitol Building in Washington DC, and multiple bombs falling over a burning map of the United States.
Proclaiming that the ‘entire region of the state [U.S.] is now within range of our missiles!’, the posters is the latest escalation in threats of nuclear war by North Korea.
The three drawings were released by Pyongyang mouthpiece Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday.
One shows warheads underneath a North Korean flag, all pointed at the Capitol, and captioned: ‘Our answer!’.
Another has a cartoon tank with a bomb mounted on top, which reads: ‘No one can stop our way!’ (Related: Reason For Unusual North Korean Submarine Activity May Have Been Found – And It’s No Good)
The third claims that the U.S. is now within range of the country’s nuclear missiles, with dozens of bombs being launched at a United States on fire on a map.
Their publication comes as a top U.S. military officer has branded a military solution to North Korea’s threats ‘horrific’, but that it is ‘unimaginable’ that the U.S. would allow dictator Kim Jong-Un to develop missiles that could reach American soil.
‘North Korea needs a sixth test of missiles before they could hit USA’
North Korea has claimed to have developed intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of targeting any place in the United States.
But weapons experts believe the Stalinist autocracy still needs to create a nuclear device small and light enough to fit on the missile without affecting its range.
To do that, it must carry out its sixth test of long-range missiles.
One way to have a lighter warhead would be to concentrate on developing a thermonuclear device, or hydrogen bomb.
North Korea claims to have tested a hydrogen bomb, but this has not been proven, said Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Program at the Federation of American Scientists.(Related: Pentagon says ready to ‘fight tonight,’ as President Trump shows bomber pics)
‘Doing so would take several more nuclear tests,’ he said. ‘The advantage of a thermonuclear warhead is that it packs a lot more power into less weight.’
Meanwhile Choi Jin-wook, a professor of international relations at Japan’s Ritsumeikan University, said a sixth nuclear test would be essential for North Korea to develop an operational nuclear-tipped ICBM.
‘In order to make a nuclear weapon deployable it has to be small and light, but North Korea doesn’t seem to have this technology,’ he said.
Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said President Donald Trump directly has ‘told us to develop credible viable military options and that’s exactly what we’re doing’.
Speaking in Beijing before meeting Chinese President Xi Jingping, Gen Dunford said it is ‘absolutely horrific if there would be a military solution to this problem, there’s no question about it’.
But, he added ‘what’s unimaginable is allowing KJU (North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) to develop ballistic missiles with a nuclear warhead that can threaten the United States and continue to threaten the region’. (Related: Maxine Waters issues insane statement on ‘working’ with N Korea — Huckabee responds)
The recent spike in animosity between the two nations has been generated by North Korea’s warning that it might send missiles into waters near the US territory of Guam, and by Mr Trump’s warlike language.
Both of the rival Koreas and the United States have signalled in recent days, however, a willingness to avert a deepening crisis, with each suggesting a path towards negotiations.
Mr Trump tweeted that Kim had ‘made a very wise and well reasoned decision’, referring to North Korean official media saying the leader would not give an immediate order to launch multiple missiles towards Guam.
‘The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!’ Mr Trump wrote.
Next week’s start of annual US-South Korean military exercises that enrage the North each year could make diplomacy even more difficult.
Gen Dunford told reporters that he has advised the US leadership not to dial back on the exercises with South Korea.
‘As long as the threat in North Korea exists we need to maintain a high state of readiness to respond to that threat,’ he said.
H/T DailyMail UK