North Korea is warning that thermonuclear war may come as a result of President Donald Trump’s escalating rhetoric end military actions.
North Korea’s Deputy United Nations Ambassador Kim In Ryong explained that his nation was “ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.”
The Korean peninsula, Kim said, is currently “the world’s biggest hot spot” due to the rising tensions between the United States and North Korea.
This past weekend, North Korea attempted to launch a ballistic missile test, which failed immediately. In the days prior, President Trump had insinuated that any aggressive behavior performed by Pyongyang could be met with military action from the United States.
After escalating rhetoric from both nations, Ambassador Kim said that the United States has created “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any minute.”
He also criticized military drills put on jointly by South Korea and the United States as an “aggressive war drill,” according to the Guardian. And Russian media, normally supportive of Donald Trump, has since turned on him as well, suggesting that the U.S. president was actually more dangerous than North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un.
Rhetoric from the U.S. isn’t any less dire. Earlier this week, Vice President Mike Pence, who is currently visiting South Korea with his family, warned that the “era of strategic patience is over.” Pence also made an unexpected visit to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at the North Korea/South Korea border, which is constantly and heavily patrolled by both armies.
It isn’t immediately clear what that means, but earlier today, during the White House Easter Egg Roll, President Trump added to the ambiguity when he warned that North Korea has “gotta behave.”
Trump has also been critical of Pyongyang through his Twitter account, before the failed ballistic missile launch, Trump had suggested the United States would deal with North Korea alone if China didn’t intervene.
North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2017