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North Korea blasts Donald Trump, threatens war with U.S.

Now that the Winter Olympic Games are over, North Korea has once again resorted to its customary saber-rattling toward the United States and President Donald Trump.

In deference to North Korea’s decision to participate in the Games, the United States agreed to suspend their annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises with South Korea, while the hermit kingdom’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, appeared friendly. But within two days of the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games closing ceremony, North Korea was back at it, hurling insults and threats at the United States.

North Korea’s excuse was the resumption of the U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

Winter games over, war games resume

“The resumption of joint military exercises is a vicious challenge to the entire Korean nation hoping for durable peace on the Korean peninsula,” reported North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, an essentially government-run publication.

“The DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] is making all possible efforts for the improvement of the North-South relations,” the publication continued. “[The military exercises], therefore, can never be tolerated.”

There’s only one problem with this feigned outrage: North Korea has known all along that the annual military exercises would resume after the games. It was announced on CNN over a month ago.

A different motive

But there’s something else at play here. North Korea wants to see all ties between its southern neighbor and the west — including especially the United States — come to an end. Express reported:

[Kim Jong Un] has been critical of the close relationship shared between the U.S. and South Korea. They have argued America’s interference with the South is damaging potential routes to improve relations between the two Koreas in the future.

Rodong Sinmun appeared to consider any joint U.S.-South Korean relationship an impediment to North and South Korean relations in its recent article.

“The peaceful environment on the Korean peninsula is a prerequisite to the improvement of the North-South ties,” the propaganda paper reported. It continued:

However, the U.S. and its followers are trying hard to resume the exercises and thus quench the spirit for the improvement of the north-south ties and strain the military stand-off and tension to the maximum and, furthermore, stifle the DPRK by force at any cost.

U.S. continues the pressure

During the Olympic Games, South Korean President Moon Jae-in was invited to talk directly with Kim Jong Un, but Moon made it clear that any talks would have to include the United States. The U.S., in turn, agreed to hold face-to-face discussions, but also emphasized that they would have to cover denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

The White House also recently slapped the regime with a new set of sanctions.

“We will see if Pyongyang’s message today, that it is willing to hold talks, represents the first steps along the path to denuclearization,” a White House statement read. “In the meantime, the United States and the world must continue to make clear that North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are a dead end.”

But according to Express, “the new sanctions have sparked outrage in Pyongyang.”

“If the U.S. resumes the joint military exercises, we will resolutely counter them,” Rodong Sinmun reported on Monday.

It seems that the North Korean regime still isn’t fully aware of who they’re messing with. We may have taken home numerous Olympic medals, but President Donald Trump and the U.S. military don’t play any games when it comes to the safety of Americans.