On September 19th, President Trump said the United States would be forced to completely destroy North Korea if it attacked the U.S. or her allies. In an unprecedented appearance on camera, The Communist dictator Kim Jong Un responded directly to the president, reported CNN.
Kim declared that the United States would "pay dearly" for the threats and that North Korea "will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history."
North Korea's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ri Yong Ho spoke to reporters shortly after Kim Jong Un statement, where he accused President Trump of being "mentally deranged."
Ri Yong Ho's warnings were dire. He told reporters that the Communist nation might test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean.
"I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue," said Kim in his press conference. "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire."
According to Ri, Kim Jong Un considers a hydrogen bomb to be the correct response to Pres. Trump's comments.
"This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean. Regarding which measures to take, I don't really know since it is what Kim Jong Un does," said Ri.
After North Korea's statement, Japan is on the defensive. Their defense minister, Itsunori Onodera, said the island country must prepare itself for a "sudden escalation" in tensions between the United States and North Korea
"We cannot deny the possibility it may fly over our country," Onodera said Thursday. This is especially true because North Korea has already tested two missiles over Japan in the past two weeks.
Will North Korea make good on their threat? It's like that only Kim Jong Un knows the answer to that question, but Vipin Narang, a professor of political science at MIT and an expert on nuclear policy, believes Kim's words might indicate escalation. This especially refers to the phrase "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history."
"This is clearly trying to coerce the US into playing ball," Narang told CNN.
Narang also points to how personally Kim clearly took Trump's U.N. comments. He issued a first-person statement, which has never happened before in Kim's life.
"This is unprecedented, as far as we can tell," Narang said. "It's written by him, it's signed by him ... He was clearly offended by the speech, and what concerns me most is the response he says he is considering."
"The message is chilling," added Narang.
Are you concerned about North Korea? Let us know in the comments. Either way, it seems like this is a good time for Christians to start praying for world peace.
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