North Korea has been obsessed with nukes for decades but went hog wild last year. This binge included over 20 ballistic missile tests and the country’slargest nuclear test (to date). However, the foreign power’s not thrilled about Trump’s reaction to its nuclear prowess, and the threats are starting to fly.
The latest round began a few weeks ago when a high-profile defector to South Korea revealed that an emboldened Kim Jong-un was racing ahead with his nuclear plan in 2017 amid “political uncertainty” in the United States. This confidence led to last week’s announcement of anintercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test — of a weapon that theoretically could reach the U.S. — in the near future.
Trump, in typical fashion, responded to this delicate foreign policy matter on Twitter: “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!”
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)January 2, 2017
North Korea didn’t appreciate this response from the incoming U.S. president. A spokesperson for Kim Jong-un issued a warning that the ICBM “will be launched anytime and anywhere” at North Korea’s discretion. The rep also blamed the U.S. for “hostile” policy in no uncertain terms: