The North Korean media warned America on Tuesday that the U.S.’s “military provocations” will push the Korean peninsula “close to nuclear war.”
“Due to the U.S. military provocations that are becoming more explicit day by day, the situation in the Korean peninsula that is already sensitive is being driven to a point close to nuclear war,” a North Korean news anchor warned via the media as per a translation done by Reuters.
A North Korean newspaper added that the nation was “waiting for the moment it will reduce the whole of the U.S. mainland to ruins.”
The North Korean threat emerged from the state-controlled KCNA news agency just hours after the United States flew two B-1B bombers in training drills with South Korean and Japanese military.
President Donald Trump’s sentiments from last week seemed to echo the anchor’s and newspaper’s warnings.
Last week, the president said that a “major, major conflict” with North Korea was possible, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed that the military action isn’t too far off — and is “on the table.”
In an Oval Office interview with Reuters, Trump said, “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely. We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.”
Just a day after the president’s interview, North Korea directly defied Trump and launched a ballistic test missile.
A week later, however, Trump said that he would be “honored” to meet the North Korean dictator in an interview with Bloomberg.
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely,” Trump said of Kim Jong Un. “I would be honored to do it. If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.
“Most political people would never say that,” Trump added, “but I’m telling you under the right circumstances, I would meet with him.”
Watch the video below for the full KCNA news agency report.