Kim Jong-un is scared that Trump may unleash Tomahawk missiles on North Korea
The US President’s surprise attack against Assad’s regime last Friday has scared the 33-year-old leader into erecting a series of protections across the country.
A North Korean foreign military official told Pyongyang mouthpiece Korean Central News Agency: “Some forces are loud-mouthed that the recent US military attack on Syria is an action of warning us but we are not frightened by it.
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"The North's tremendous military muscle with a nuclear force as its pivot can defeat them.
"We will bolster up in every way our capability for self-defence to cope with the US evermore reckless moves for a war and defend ourselves with our own force.”
Zhang Tuosheng, an expert from the China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies, said: “Neither the US nor North Korea would take the initiative to wage a war, but the risk of conflict is higher as a small miscalculation or accident could bring war to the peninsula.”
Ms Zhang added: “The scale of the US and South Korean joint military drills is becoming bigger, and pre-emptive exercises send a clear warning to Kim that the US can destroy North Korea if it wants."
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But it is North Korea's "enhanced military strike ability and provocative words" that has made the US President "uneasy", Ms Zhang claimed.
As a result, Trump is facing "immense pressure" to strike the hermit kingdom before they put Americans "at risk".
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The tensions come after a Navy carrier strike group was spotted moving toward the western Pacific Ocean to provide a physical presence near the Korean Peninsula.
With 30,000 troops stationed in its southern counterpart, experts claim North Korea may miscalculate Trump's attempts to display his military strength as actions to insinuate conflict.