Amid an exchange of threats between North Korea and President Donald Trump, the former’s military leadership said it believes the U.S. is devising a plan to overthrow North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and warned Trump that if it’s a war he wants, then it’s a war he’ll get.
The general staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) denounced the recent U.S.-backed U.N. economic sanctions over the country’s expanding nuclear and ballistic weapons program. In a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, an armed forces spokesperson accused the U.S. of being “engrossed in war hysteria without discretion” and Trump specifically of talking up a potential military conflict between the two nuclear-armed nations.
Evoking Mount Paektu, an active volcano considered to be the spiritual home of the Koreas, the official vowed any U.S. military action would be met with overwhelming force.
“Under the prevailing grave situation, the General Staff of the KPA clarifies at home and abroad its resolute stand as follows to mercilessly smash all sorts of military provocation being planned by the U.S. imperialist warmongers, with the inexhaustible military might of the powerful revolutionary Paektusan [Mount Paektu] army which has so far been built,” the statement read.
“War is by no means a game,” it later added.