North Korea has declared it is ready for war with the United States and does not fear possible preemptive military action to halt its nuclear and missile buildup.
Comments from North Korea’s foreign ministry slammed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent talk of tougher sanctions, more pressure and possible military action, and said the north would not be deterred in its nuclear program.
“The nuclear force of [North Korea] is the treasured sword of justice and the most reliable war deterrence to defend the socialist motherland and the life of its people,” the official Korean Central News Agency quoted the spokesman as saying.
“We have the will and capability to fully respond to any war which the US wants. If the businessmen-turned-US officials thought that they would frighten us, they would soon recognise that their method would not work.”
The comments come after US President Donald Trump rebuked North Korean leader Jim Jong-un for “acting very badly” after it conducted a ground test for a new type of high-thrust rocket engine.