Although the rhetoric has become more heated this week, the war of words between U.S. and North Korean leaders has been intensifying for months.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis then warned the country’s leaders against any actions that “would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
Ahead, a timeline of both countries’ statements and how the war of words escalated to the point where it is today.
Trump tweeted about possible advancements in North Korean technology.
“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!” he wrote.
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
A statement was read on North Korean state television in advance of a U.S. aircraft carrier group moving towards the region for a military exercise with South Korea.
“The United States’ dispatching of its nuclear carrier task group in the waters off the peninsula proves that its reckless moves for invading North Korea have reached a serious phase. If the U.S. dares opt for military action, then North Korea is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S,” the statement said, according to PBS.
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol said that an “all-out war” would result if the US was “reckless enough to use military means,” according to the BBC.
“If the U.S. is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method,” he said.
“The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable, and the council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs. This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not. North Korea is a big world problem, and it’s a problem we have to finally solve. People have put…