North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is vowing to turn the United States into ashes, according to that nation’s state-run media.
The threat follows comments made by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in which he said the United States is looking at ways to re-engage Pyongyang.
“But re-engage with us on a different footing than the past talks have been,” Secretary Tillerson said.
The threat of a super-mighty, pre-emptive strike comes just days after the Communist regime released a propaganda video, portraying long-range missiles being launched from the Korean peninsula and slamming into U.S. cities on the West Coast. That was followed by images of the United States burning.
Speaking overseas in London, House Speaker Paul Ryan echoed the White House position on the DPRK, saying Kim Jong Un is even more unstable than his father.
“Racing toward the ability to deliver a long-range nuclear weapons -- that is not an acceptable outcome,” Ryan said.
Meanwhile, the U.S. and South Korea began conducting the second largest joint military flying exercise, called “Operation Max Thunder.”
This, as North Korea’s only ally, China, is warning both sides not to ratchet up the tension through provocation.
“All the parties have expressed one thing, and that is that they want to avoid conflict, they want to avoid war,” Lu Kang, China’s foreign ministry spokesman, said.
As all this continues to play out in the media, Vice President Mike Pence continues his 10-day trip through Asia, reassuring allies of the U.S. commitment to peace and protection in the region.