U.S. President Donald Trump has warned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK, with "fire and fury" if the country continues to threaten the United States.
Trump cautioned "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States" during his 17-day "working vacation" at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.
Trump said the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has "been very threatening beyond a normal state" and "will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before."
The comment follows a Washington Post's report that stated that DPRK has successfully created a miniaturized nuclear war head, "crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power."
Trump's threatening comments, however, have been rebuffed by Republicans. Senator McCain said Tump's posture could accelerate a "serious confrontation" with DPRK.
"I take exceptions to the president's comments because you got to be sure that you do what you say you're going to do. In other words, the old walk softly but carry a stick, Teddy Roosevelt's saying, which I think is something that should've applied because all it's going to do is bring us closer to a serious confrontation. I think this is very, very, very serious," he told a local Arizona radio.
The intimidated DPRK's neighbors, in the meanwhile, are preparing their own line of defense.
Itsunori Onodera, Japan’s new defense minister, said Friday,"North Korea’s missile launches have escalated tensions, both in terms of quality and quantity."
"I would like to study if our current missile defense is sufficient," Onodera added.
According to New York Times, a military policy review published by the Japanese government on Tuesday is also focussing on the threat from North Korea. Some of the over 12 missile tests by the DPRK this year splashed into waters close to Japan.
"North Korea’s development of ballistic missiles and its nuclear program are becoming increasingly real and imminent problems for the Asia-Pacific region including Japan, as well as the rest of the world," the government in Tokyo said in its annual defense white paper, the New York Times reported.
South Korea too is working to build its monitoring and striking abilities, along with the radars and remote-controlled reconnaissance planes to track and neutralize North Korean missiles in pre-emptive attacks.
The U.S. has over 37,500 troops on the imposed border between north and south Korea, which was one country before the U.S. war on the peninsula from 1950-1954 that left the people of Korea divided. The U.S. and South Korean armed forces also conduct war games off the coast of the region on a regular basis.
A Pentagon study released in May bemoaned the "fraying" and "collapsing" U.S. Empire, recounting how competing powers Russia and China, along with others like Iran and North Korea, have played a major role in removing the U.S. from its position of global “pre-eminence" and that the U.S. “can no longer count on the unassailable position of dominance, supremacy, or pre-eminence it enjoyed for the 20-plus years after the fall of the Soviet Union.”