President Trump tweeted a bold warning to Kim Jong-un Friday, stating that the United States is ready militarily for any aggression that North Korea might provoke on the peninsula. Pentagon officials followed up his comment by saying that the U.S. military is ready to “fight tonight.”
While President Trump issued his warning, a North Korean news agency issued a warning of its own, stating that “even a single shell dropped on the Korean Peninsula might lead to the outbreak of … thermonuclear war,” according to Fox News.
“We consider the U.S. no more than a lump which we can beat to a jelly any time,” the Korean Central News Agency said, quoting Kang Kum Chol, an Institute of International Studies researcher.
The good news is that many Americans support what President Trump is doing. A recent Rasmussen Report released Friday showed that 45 percent of those polled approve of the job Trump is doing as president, which is up six percentage points from a week ago, when 39 percent of persons surveyed said they supported Trump. Fifty-three percent disapproved.
The country has never been closer to a military conflict with North Korea since the Korean War. Trump has used strong language to show that the United States will not be bullied by North Korea.
“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” the president said in his tweet, as tensions continue to escalate.
The motto “fight tonight” is a long-held vow for U.S. forces deployed in the region. With Trump’s latest statement, the United States has extended the line farther in the sand, warning Pyongyang what might happen to it should Guam or any of the United States’ allies be attacked.
“He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before—what will happen in North Korea,” Trump said Thursday from his property in Bedminster, New Jersey, responding to Jim Jong-Un’s threats. “It’s not a dare, it’s a statement,” he said, according to Fox News.
Trump’s latest tweet Friday morning comes as tensions on the Korean Peninsula have risen to an all-time high. Earlier this month, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to introduce a set of punishing sanctions that would cripple North Korea’s economic exports from $3 billion to $1 billion. Both China and Russia signed the agreement.
The sanctions were in response to a series of ballistic missile tests conducted by North Korea. So far both medium and long-range ICBM’s have been launched from the country in a series of tests, and the longest missiles are capable of striking the U.S. mainland as inland as Chicago.
China said that if North Korea made the first strike, it would remain neutral, but if the United States did so, China would come to the defense of North Korea. Japan and Australia have pledged support with the United States, should North Korea carry out a nuclear strike.
Earlier this week, North Korea made a profound statement of its own, describing a target for a military strike. Please pray for peace in this difficult time, and for protection for our troops. Join the conversation on our Facebook page.