Why Did North Korea Just Threaten Israel?
By Samuel Ramani
May 03, 2017
On April 25, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman strongly condemned North Korea’s nuclear tests in an interview with Hebrew news site Walla. Lieberman’s description of the North Korean government as an “extreme and crazy group” was roundly criticized by Israeli opposition figures and received an emphatic denunciation from the North Korean foreign ministry.
In an official statement released on April 29, Pyongyang declared its intention to “mercilessly punish” Israel for offending North Korea’s leaders. The DPRK foreign ministry statement also accused Israel of deflecting from its “illegal” nuclear weapons arsenal and “crimes against humanity” in the occupied territories.