North Korea Threatens 'Merciless Punishment' On US After Trump's 'Foolish Remarks'

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"Any operation to pursue North Korean nuclear weapons would likely be spearheaded by U.S. Special Operations troops", it added.

It comes after a series of missile and nuclear tests in the past few months, a sharp escalation from recent years.

But as the president prepares to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a report by a South Korean spy agency Thursday said there was "active movement" surrounding a missile research facility in Pyongyang.

At the very least, millions of people would die in this sort of war. The visit would see the president discuss the escalating nuclear threat from Pyongyang as part of worldwide dialogue between him and the respective world leaders. "We know they have missiles capable of firing 4,000 to 6,000 miles, probably with a payload of half a ton, so half a ton of VX in those missiles could kill tens of thousands of people, and they could do that now, so that is a genuine concern". "We will not stand for that, the era of strategic patience is over".

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"The importance for global affairs of any contact between the Russian and US presidents can hardly be overestimated", Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

That blunt assessment from the Pentagon is in response to a letter from two Democratic congressmen asking about casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea.

"By warmly welcoming President Trump as our guest, we'll use this opportunity to take our alliance beyond the comprehensive one and toward an even greater alliance", Park told reporters at Cheong Wa Dae.

Dumont noted that the USA is evaluating North Korea's ability to target heavily populated areas of South Korea with long-range artillery, rockets and ballistic missiles. It was not pleasant for them, was it?' said Trump, who wore a leather bomber jacket as he addressed the troops.

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North Korean officials a year ago also stated the country could seek to target the USA mainland if American nuclear forces mobilized against it.

Trump has rattled some allies with his vow to "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatens the United States and his dismissal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission.

North and South Korea are technically still in a state of conflict since the Korean War ended in an armistice, rather than a peace treaty, in 1953. While they would offer protection against North Korea's conventional weapons, they are not created to withstand a nuclear or chemical attack.

North Korea has said in public statements that it wants an official end to the Korean War.

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