North Korea on Wednesday escalated already heightened tensions with the United States, calling President Trump’s threat to unleash “fire and fury” a “load of nonsense,” and vowing to move forward with its plan to attack Guam by mid-August, according to reports.
“The U.S. President at [golf] links again let out a load of nonsense about ‘fire and fury,’ failing to grasp the ongoing grave situation,” a commander of the North Korean army said, as reported by CNN. “It seems that he has not yet understood the statement. Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work with him.”
The North Korean statement also says the military action its army “is about to take” will be effective for restraining America’s “frantic moves” in and near the southern part of the Korean Peninsula, according to the AP.
In a statement, Defense Secretary James Mattis indicated the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) could face a military response for its actions, not its threats.
“The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Mattis said. “The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”