Washington, White House. In breaking news, the US government is now openly stating that the USA will “take care” of North Korea, with the implication the US will take unilateral action to neutralize or destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program and the leadership controlling it.
The North Korean military on Friday directly responded to US President Donald Trump’s renewed threats to take “care of” Pyongyang’s nuclear threat amid expectations of a new nuclear test that could come at any time.
“Our toughest counteraction against the United States and its vassal forces will be taken in such a merciless manner as not to allow the aggressors to survive,” according to an unnamed spokesperson for the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army.
Yesterday, Trump had responded emphatically to reports that North Korea was poised to detonate an underground nuclear device as early as Saturday to mark the anniversary of the birth of the nation’s founder, Kim Il Sung.
“North Korea is a problem,” Trump said at the White House. “The problem will be taken care of.”
The North Korean military statement, issued late Friday in Pyongyang, said the “Trump administration’s serious military hysteria has reached a dangerous phase which can no longer be overlooked.”
The spokesperson did not speculate further, but previous warnings have included threats to attack Seoul and U.S. military bases in South Korea, the Pacific and even the mainland United States.
Such fiery rhetoric from North Korea is fairly common, but statements emanating from the military command are taken more seriously by CIA intelligence and defense department analysts than those that come from government ministries or frequent belligerent commentaries in the state media.
Further News that the US has dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal has concerned many, a 10,000-kilogram explosive that headline writers called “the mother of all bombs,” was taken as a message directed at Kim Jong Un. Trump brushed off questions about whether the bombing was a message for Pyongyang, but he stressed his feeling that North Korea was “a problem that will be taken care of.” The world now holds its breath, as a nuclear showdown is in motion.