North Korea issued another threat of nuclear annihilation against the U.S. on Thursday, vowing to unleash an “unimaginable strike at an unimaginable time.”
The warning comes as American military forces conduct ongoing joint naval exercises with South Korea.
“The U.S. is running amok by introducing under our nose the targets we have set as primary ones,” North Korean state news agency KCNA said in a statement. “The U.S. should expect that it would face unimaginable strike at an unimaginable time.”
North Korea also targeted President Trump directly.
“The rabid man in the White House … will first face the immense volley of nuclear fire if he hopes to settle (this) confrontation with nukes,” KCNA said.
Trump has engaged in a heated war of words with the rogue nation since taking office.
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He has dubbed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “Little Rocket Man” and threatening “fire and fury” as Pyongyang continues to pursue a nuclear arsenal.
North Korea stepped up its missile tests and threatened to bomb the U.S. territory of Guam as Trump repeatedly vowed military actions following intelligence assessments that the country produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead.
In recent months, North Korea has tested what it said were a thermonuclear weapons and intercontinental missiles.
It has also launched two midrange missiles over Japan while threatening to fire similar weapons at Guam.
North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Kim In Ryong, said Monday at the United Nations that the situation on the Korean Peninsula had “reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.”
Trump is preparing for a 12-day tour of Asia next month and the White House is debating whether or not the President will visit the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea.
Some administration officials fear a visit will stoke tensions, while others fear for the President’s safety, according to a Washington Post report.
Officials in Seoul denied reports Thursday that South Korea president Moon Jae-in is opposed to Trump’s visit to the DMZ.