North Korea’s military on Wednesday reportedly called President Trump’s warning that it must stop threatening the U.S. a “load of nonsense.”
The communist nation also said it would complete its strategy to attack the waters near the U.S. territory of Guam by mid-August.
North Korea would then wait for its leader Kim Jong Un's order to strike, with its military stating that “only absolute force” would work on Trump.
Some Twitter users on Wednesday voiced alarm over the latest escalation in the war of words dividing the U.S. and North Korea.
Trump: "fire and fury."— Doug Sovern (@SovernNation) August 9, 2017
North Korea: "load of nonsense."
This was not the language my security policy professor (ex-CIA) advised to use. https://t.co/Z2zwFjuXdJ
Heavens - "North Korea's military calls Trump's threat a 'load of nonsense,' says 'only absolute force' can work on Trump." AP— David Videcette (@DavidVidecette) August 9, 2017
HOLY SHIT: North Korea's military calls Trump's threat a 'load of nonsense,' says 'only absolute force' can work on Trump.— Trump News Time (@TrumpNewsTime) August 9, 2017
Reuters reported that the update on North Korea’s strike plans originated from the state-run KCNA news agency in Pyongyang.
KCNA cited General Kim Rak Gyom, who is readying North Korea’s attack options for the Asian country’s leader, Kim Jong Un.
“Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him,” the news agency reported of Trump.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said earlier Wednesday that there is not “any imminent threat” from North Korea to the U.S.
“Americans should sleep well at night, [and] have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days,” he said in Guam.
North Korea’s military reportedly began “examining the operational plan” to use medium-to-long range ballistic missile strikes against Guam early Wednesday local time there.
A spokesman from the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army said that a strike on Andersen Air Force Base in Guam is possible “to send a serious warning signal to the US.”
Trump earlier Tuesday vowed that North Korea “will be met with fire, fury and frankly power” should it keep threatening the U.S.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead that can fit on a ballistic missile.
Trump has vowed he will not allow North Korea to acquire nuclear weapons capable of hitting the U.S., technology which the reclusive nation has long sought.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.