pnbd24:-Donald Trump has claimed that US Air Force jets are ‘ready to fight tonight’ as the simmering tensions between America and North Korea showed no sign of relenting.
The US President gave an astonishing speech on Tuesday where he threatened ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen’ after suggestions the reclusive communist state has cleared a final hurdle to being able to strike the United States with a nuclear missile.
And Trump’s bombastic rhetoric continued on Wednesday morning, as he tweeted that ‘there will never be a time when we (America) are not the most powerful nation in the world.’
Pyongyang had fanned the flames of military tension by saying said it was examining its operational plans for attacking Guam, a US territory about 2,100 miles away and home to Andersen Air Force Base, in order to contain American military activity there.
In a statement distributed by the state-run news agency on Wednesday, the North Korean army said it was studying a plan to create an “enveloping fire” in areas around Guam with medium to long-range ballistic missiles.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has urged calm and said Americans should have “no concerns” after North Korea and President Donald Trump traded fiery threats.
He said he does not believe there is “any imminent threat”, and “Americans should sleep well at night”.
Following the response from North Korea, America released pictures of supersonic B-1B bombers flying out to Japan from the Guam Air Force base that Kim Jong-un has threatened to attack.
The mission took place just hours before Pyongyang revealed its plans to strike the U.S. territory, which is home to some 163,000 people.
One of the pilots with the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1 said: “How we train is how we fight and the more we interface with our allies, the better prepared we are to fight tonight.”
North Korea said the exercise “proves that the U.S. imperialists are nuclear war maniacs”.
Although it was not clear if US president Mr Trump and the Koreans were responding directly to each other, the heightened rhetoric added to the potential for a miscalculation that might bring the nuclear-armed nations into conflict.
“North Korea had best not make any more threats to the United States,” said a stern-looking Mr Trump. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Mr Trump’s stern words to the camera at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, came hours after reports indicating North Korea can now wed nuclear warheads with its missiles, including those that may be able to hit the American mainland.