SEOUL, South Korea — A senior North Korean defector has told NBC News that the country's "desperate" dictator is prepared to use nuclear weapons to strike the United States and its allies.
Thae Yong Ho is the most high profile North Korean defector in two decades, meaning he is able to give a rare insight into the secretive, authoritarian regime.
According to Thae, North Korean dictator Kim
Jong Un is "desperate in maintaining his rule by relying on his
[development of] nuclear weapons and ICBM." He was using an acronym for
intercontinental ballistic missiles — a long range rocket that in theory
would be capable of hitting the U.S.