North Korea threatens Israel after Defense Minister’s criticism of leadership “undermining global stability”

N. Korea Foreign Ministry releases statement warning Israel against criticizing N. Korea’s leadership, attacks Israel’s nuclear program

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North Korea’s Foreign Ministry responded in threats to comments made by Israel’s Defense Minster Avigdor Lieberman criticizing its leadership.

Lieberman stated on Thursday that North Korea’s leadership “Kim Jong-un is an ally of Assad,” that is “undermining global stability” from North Korea “through Iran, to Syria and Hezbollah.”

He spoke of the West now faced with “a new era of accurate missile and unconventional weapons in the hands irrational people,” in reference to North Korea’s advances in its missile and nuclear programs. He also reportedly referred to Kim jong-un as a “madman”.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry released the following statement, “The reckless remarks of the Israeli defense minister are sordid and wicked behavior and grave challenge to the DPRK,” accusing Israel of a “cynical ploy to escape the world denunciation and curse as disturber of peace in the Middle East, occupier of the Arab territories and culprit of crimes against humanity.”

It criticized Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons, stating “Israel is the only illegal possessor of nuclear weapons that enjoys the support of the United States, but Israel is attacking North Korea for possessing nuclear weapons, “ finally warning “Our consistent message is to mercilessly punish those who offend the dignity of our leadership. We warn Israel to think twice about the implications of its defamation campaign against us.”