While everyone was distraught over the potential loss of Tomi Lahren to Fox News, North Korea made it very clear that they are ready for “any war the U.S starts,” specifically calling Trump out on U.S. scare tactics.
During his first official visit to Asia as the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson indicated that military action against North Korea is something the U.S is still seriously considering. So far there have been two decades of diplomatic efforts to disarm the North that have largely failed. Tillerson made it clear there was no further point in pursuing the diplomatic path any longer.
Tillerson stated, “If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe that requires action, that option is on the table,” Tillerson stated, referring to military action.
Of course that stirred up some strong feelings with the North Koreans. Their foreign ministry had this to say and called Trump out directly.
“The U.S. should face up to the situation of the world with its eyes wide open. The DPRK has the will and capability to fully respond to any war the U.S. would like to ignite,” “If the businessmen-turned U.S. authorities thought that they would frighten the DPRK, they would soon know that their method would not work on the latter.”
With tensions back at an all time high and with what North Korea feels are Obama era policies still being pushed, North Korea believes that its only viable security option is the possession of nuclear weapons. This revelation is slightly shocking as Tillerson claims to be ending Obama’s policy known as “strategic patience.” However, sanctions still seem to be an issue for North Korea and they have made it clear they have no plans to discuss denuclearization. The real reason for North Korea boosting and having access to nuclear weapons remains unclear.