Kim Jong-un warned America was 'playing chicken' with North Korea
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have rocketed in recent days as both sides continue to sabre-rattle.
Donald Trump is believed to be considering a pre-emptive strike on the dictator’s hermit kingdom.
In response, Kim Jong-un said he would launch a nuclear strike on the US mainland at the first hint of any American attack.
And now a US fighter jet conducted an air refuelling operation in Japan – something Pyongyang believes could allow it to launch an air attack on North Korea.
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This has prompted another furious response from the pot-bellied dictator, who said America was precipitating its “doom”.
An editorial in a state-run propaganda newspaper in Pyongyang said: “Shortly ago, the US Air Force based in Japan conducted the first air-refuelling to the latest stealth fighter F-35B.
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“If this fighter, with 2,200 km of maximum flying range, makes a sortie, its operation is possible on the Korean peninsula. With air-refuelling, its radius of operation is greatly expanded.”
The propaganda rag said this act of military provocation could spark a fatal war between the two states.
Kim Jong-un warned the USA was heading for 'doom'
It said: “It is quite natural that the US reckless military act is sparking off vigilance of regional countries as it poses a threat to peace and disturbs the strategic stability in the Korean peninsula and the Asia-Pacific region.
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“Owing to the US reckless arms buildup to hold an absolute military edge, the Asia-Pacific region has turned into a theatre of fierce playing of chicken among big powers, and global peace and security are seriously threatened.
“It is natural for the DPRK to bolster its war deterrent for self-defence in every way in order to smash the US reckless military moves and preserve the country's peace and regional stability.”
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The US should not harbour a foolish daydream that it can stifle North Korea. That will lead it to doom
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In a chilling warning, the article concluded by warning of devastating.
Kim’s mouthpiece newspaper said: “The US should not harbour a foolish daydream that it can stifle the DPRK. That will lead it to doom.”