North Korea has responded in kind to President Donald Trump’s threat warning “fire and fury.” In a statement released on Wednesday, through the Korean Central News Agency, Gen. Kim Ran Gyom who commands the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army, said Trump’s comments are a “load of nonsense,” and fail to grasp the ongoing situation. The statement called the U.S. president a “guy bereft of reason” and also said that he is “extremely getting on the nerves” of the country’s army.
Well, that didn’t sit well our Defense Secretary who blasted North Korea:
The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Mattis said in a statement, using an acronym for North Korea.
“The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
He also had a stern, direct warning for the rogue nation’s dictator, Kim Jong Un.
“Kim Jong Un should take heed of the United Nations Security Council’s unified voice, and statements from governments the world over, who agree the DPRK poses a threat to global security and stability,” he said
You can read his statement below:
North Korea added in their statement that their country is still considering a possible strike on the waters near Guam “to signal a crucial warning to the U.S.” Previously, they said that they would strike the U.S. territory in the western Pacific and create “an enveloping fire.” They ended their statement by warning that their government will be “closely watching the speech and behavior of the U.S.”
Earlier this week the president said, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire, and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening — beyond a normal statement — and as I said, they will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power the likes of which the world has never seen before.”
On Wednesday, the United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis reinforced the heated rhetoric. He urged North Korea’s leader to “take heed” of the “unified voice” within the United Nations Security Council, referring to a recent unanimous vote for sanctions against the nation. Mattis also challenged North Korea to “cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
Most in the U.S. intelligence community believe that North Korea’s nuclear ability is more advanced than initially thought and that they may have developed the technology to miniaturize a nuclear warhead so that it can be placed inside an intercontinental ballistic missile.
What do you think about how North Korea has responded to Trump’s “fire and fury” speech. Do you think they believe that “only absolute force can work on him?”
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