Donald Trump has pledged to place stronger economic and diplomatic sanctions on the hermit kingdom as it scrambles to build nuclear weapons.
But Kim Jong-un’s oppressive regime has claimed his attempts to weaken the isolated state will only strengthen their resolve.
A spokesman for the tyrant’s dictatorship said: ”The more the US increases pressure against us, the more we will ramp up our efforts to boost our nuclear deterrence”.
North Korea has long claimed it is responding to US aggression
North Korea has long claimed its ambitions to build the world’s deadliest weapons is a response to US aggression.
And despite calls from the US and South Korea for the North to stop its rush towards nuclear armament and open a path for diplomatic peace talks, Kim Jong-un’s regime has doubled down on their bid to create weapons of mass destruction.
It comes as US military officials warn the dumpy dictator any intervention from western troops would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale” amid fears of World War 3.
Korean Demilitarized Zone: The world's most dangerous border
Tue, May 16, 2017
Established by the provisions of the Korean Armistice Agreement to serve as a buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea
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A South Korean tank of the 8th Mechanized Infantry Division takes part in a live-fire exercise at a training ground in Cheorwon, near the demilitarized zone (DMZ)
North Korea launched its latest missile test last week in defiance of international sanctions
As tensions escalate on the Korean Peninsula, Washington insists it will work with the UN, Japan, China and South Korea to reach a solution.
But US Defence Secretary James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis refused to rule out a military solution.
North Korea launched its latest missile test last week in defiance of international sanctions as the UN Security Council demanded Pyongyang halt all ballistic missile tests.
Donald Trump has pledged to place stronger economic and diplomatic sanctions on North Korea
VOLCANO: North Korea nuclear weapons could lead to ERUPTION
Fri, May 19, 2017
A new problem may erupt: when North Korea tests a nuclear weapon, specialists say the energy could trigger a volcanic eruption in Paektu. That could be a huge disaster, killing thousands in North Korea and on the Chinese side too.
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Paektu is an active volcano which last erupted in 1903
Speaking from the Pentagon, Mr Mattis said Washington is working internationally to find a diplomatic solution.
Mr Mattis said: “We are going to continue to work the issue. If this goes to a military solution, it's going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale.
“So our effort is to work with the UN, work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to try to find a way out of this situation.”