The war of words between the USA and North Korea is far from dying down, with the latter now accusing Donald Trump of igniting tensions on the Korean Peninsula in order to "shovel up money" by selling more weapons to United States "vassals" South Korea and Japan.
"This is a reckless act of war maniacs as it only drives the tense situation on the peninsula into the point of explosion", North Korean state media said in response, adding the: "U.S. must know it's not hard for the DPRK nuclear force to wipe out its war forces and USA mainland is within our striking range".
The ruling party's powerful propaganda apparatus urged the executives to ensure that news stories on North Korea do not exacerbate public frustration and asked that stories are not covered in depth even if they are based on original information or perspectives, the sources said.
It can be recalled that North Korea and the Trump administration have exchanged verbal volleys for a couple of months as United States openly threatens the United States. But the growing range and accuracy seen in the North's missile tests has prompted the 29-nation alliance to review its missile defence system, which has been partially operational from a base in Romania since previous year.More news: Suspect lynched after deadly school attack in Kenya
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The Rodong Sinmun commentary was published ahead of joint US-South Korea naval drills, which kick off in the Sea of Japan and Yellow Sea on Monday. "We are keeping a close watch over the North", he added. The allies' militaries will participate in the Maritime Counter Special Operation, which is created to defend the infiltration of North Korea's special warfare forces.
In recent tests, the North has launched Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles over Japan. He also expressed hopes that the diplomacy would work before the regime grows its missile capability.
Bishop said that the threat of war is now the greatest it has been in 60 years since the Korean War. Pyongyang's latest diatribe comes in the wake of the USA dispatching its powerful and strategic military assets to the Korean peninsula to carry out drills.
Separately, US weapons systems including F-35A and F-22 stealth fighter jets, B-1B bombers and RQ-4 surveillance drones, will participate in the Seoul International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition being held from Tuesday through Friday, although they won't be armed, according to a Yonhap report.