Tensions between the United States of America and North Korea continue to escalate further after Pyongyang made fresh claims to attack the US territory of Guam.
This new threat comes after Tuesday’s joint aviation exercise between America, Japan and South Korea over the Korean peninsula, reports Mail Online.
The North Korean government stated the joint exercise has:
Hardened our determination that the US should be tamed with fire.
The statement was released by the DPRK's state controlled media in the nation's capital, Pyongyang. It claimed the joint military exercises 'let's us take our hand closer to the 'trigger' for taking the toughest countermeasure'.
The latest strong words came in response to two US B-1B supersonic heavy bombers being flown over the Korean peninsula, a show of force from Washington in response to the antagonising rhetoric from Kim Jong-un's regime and their recent missile tests over Japan.
The B-1B Lancers took off from a military base in Guam, a potential nuclear target for North Korea to fly in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan, marking the first night-time joint aviation exercise between the US, Japan and South Korea.
In August North Korea threatened to launch a long-range nuclear strike on Guam, which is the closet US territory to Pyongyang and acts as the States' Pacific military base.
A strike on Guam would greatly hamper US military operations in east Asia, with the closest forward operating base (FOB) - should Guam be targeted - being situated in the State of Hawaii.
The back-and-forth between President Donald Trump and Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea Kim Jong-un has understandably led to a great cause of concern among leaders of other nations. It was only in August that Trump threatened Kim's regime with 'with fire and fury'.
This month North Korea's foreign minister warned the United States that Trump had lit 'the wick of war', vowing to 'settle the final score with a hail of fire, not words'.
Relations between the two administrations have been strained at best. Any diplomatic efforts to stem the tide of potential war has been thwarted by Trump's (now all-to-famous) erratic behaviour on Twitter.
US secretary of state Rex Tillerson does have a direct line to the notoriously secretive country, however his attempts at diplomacy have been compromised by a series of tweets from the Commander-in-Chief who has stated that he's 'wasting his time'.
Yesterday, White House chief of staff John Kelly expressed 'great concern' about Americans who live in Guam.
Speaking at news conference Kelly said:
Right now we think the threat is manageable but over time if it grows beyond where it is today, well, let’s hope that diplomacy works.
According to CNN's Will Ripley, the new threat from North Korea was published through their state media, which he shared via Twitter.
North Korea once again reviving Guam threat. I would not be surprised if they try this, possibly soon, as US/S. Korea begin new joint drills pic.twitter.com/JMUvkyFUnq
— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) October 13, 2017
The statement says it has:
... already warned several times that we will take counteractions for self-defence including a salvo of missiles into waters near the US territory of Guam.
However this latest threat will unlikely stop any future drills carried out by the South Korean and US militaries.
Let's hope the war of words between Trump and Kim Jong-un remains just that, words.