North Korean state media is warning the United States of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” at any time against the United States.
The warning came after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the US was looking at ways to increase pressure on the North Korean regime over their nuclear program.
President Donald Trump has taken a much harder line with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, who has ignored admonitions from its only ally – China – and proceeded with nuclear and missile testing in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.
The official newspaper of the North’s ruling party, the Rodong Sinmun did not mince words:
“In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes,” it said, Reuters reports.
North Korea regularly threatens to destroy Japan, South Korea and the United States, and has shown no let-up in its belligerence after a failed missile test on Sunday, a day after putting on a huge display of missiles at a parade in the capital city of Pyongyang.
“We’re reviewing all the status of North Korea, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as the other ways in which we can bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us, but re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held,” Tillerson told reporters in Washington on Wednesday.
Despite the rhetoric, the US and South Korea are going to conduct their annual military exercise, codenamed “Max Thunder” from now until April 28.
“We are conducting a practical and more intensive exercise than ever,” South Korean pilot Colonel Lee Bum-chul told reporters. “Through this exercise, I am sure we can deter war and remove our enemy’s intention to provoke us.”
H/T: The Hill