On Tuesday, North Korean state media threatened the United States with a nuclear strike if the U.S. Navy continues to assert itself near the hermit kingdom’s shores.
“Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the U.S. invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theater but also in the U.S. mainland," said North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper.
The threat comes as the Trump administration doubles-down on its bold moves and tough rhetoric against the Kim Jong-Un regime. This week, U.S. Pacific Command ordered a Navy strike group to station itself in the western Pacific in anticipation of a potential retaliatory or defensive measure against North Korea.
If the North Koreans were trying to intimidate Trump, they didn’t do a very good job. Unlike his predecessor, President Trump doesn’t simply acquiesce when hostile regimes threaten the United States or its foreign interests.
In response to Pyongyang’s aggressive rhetoric, Trump pushed back, tweeting the following message:
North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2017
Earlier, Trump offered clarity on what was discussed during his recent meeting with Chinese President Xi, suggesting that China would benefit economically if it were to loosen its ties with North Korea and establish a bilateral trade relationship with America:
I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2017
Last week, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad learned that there’s a new sheriff in town. No longer will the United States stand by and watch as tyrants and madmen run roughshod over international norms. North Korea may soon learn the same lesson.