North Korean dictator and megalomaniac Kim Jong-un has threatened to go to war with the United States.
What Exactly Happened? North Korean Vice Minister Han Song Ryol told the Associated Press late this week that the Trump administration is “more vicious and more aggressive” than that of former President Barack Obama (no kidding), and added that the regime would continue interesting its nuclear supply in “quality and quantity.”
Ryol also reportedly pledged that Kim Jong-un is ready to “go to war” if provoked by Trump.
Why Is Kim Jong-un So Angry? Ryol reportedly pointed to U.S. President Donald Trump’s aggressive tweets, which he claimed were making trouble in the region:
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
Was There Anything To Actually Worry About? According to The Daily Caller, “The North Korean nuclear threat has been growing since the reclusive regime first tested a nuclear weapon in 2006. Since then, North Korea has gone on to test a total of five nuclear bombs, each with a greater explosive yield than the last.”
But according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, the rogue regime lacks the capability to hit the United States.
“I think there is no evidence that North Korea has that capability at this time,” he said earlier this week. “Threatening something that you don’t have the capability of isn’t really a threat.”
The New York Times: China Warns of ‘Storm Clouds Gathering’ in US-North Korea Standoff
ABC Online: North Korea says it ‘will go to war’ if US provokes it
Bloomberg: China Warns of War Risk as Trump Rattles Saber at North Korea
What Happens Next? Nobody knows, though tension across the region is increasing as a rapid pace. Moreover, the Chinese have warned “that tensions on the Korean Peninsula could spin out of control,” according to The New York Times:
“The United States and South Korea and North Korea are engaging in tit for tat, with swords drawn and bows bent, and there have been storm clouds gathering,” China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, said in Beijing, according to Xinhua, the state news agency.
“We urge all sides to no longer engage in mutual provocation and threats, whether through words or deeds, and don’t push the situation to the point where it can’t be turned around and gets out of hand,” Mr. Wang [added].
Do I have Anything To Worry About? Probably not, but it wouldn’t hurt to keep close track of the news coming out of the region.