North Korea has claimed that Donald Trump has lit “the wick of war” and vows to “settle the final score with a hail of fire, not words.” The recent outrage was sparked following Trump’s controversial appearance at the United Nations summit last month.
Foreign Minister to Kim Jong-un, Ri Yong-ho, uttered the disturbing threat: “With his bellicose and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, you can say, has lit the wick of a war against us. We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words.”
According to news outlets including CNN and Global News, the state of Hawaii has been directed to prepare for a nuclear attack. Starting in November, Hawaii’s disaster warning plan will include a new protocol in case of a nuclear attack, according to CNN affiliate KNHL. A guidance summary from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency reveals that residents will be alerted of nuclear detonation through siren alarms and flashing white lights.
According to state representative, Gene Ward, younger Hawaiians seem to be the most alarmed by these threats as they have not faced this kind of threat before in their lives. He explains that “it’s probably more surreal to younger generations.”
President Trump has also announced that he will be visiting Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii in November. His visits are an attempt to rally North Korea’s neighbours into joining an economic sanctions campaign against the country.
Beijing has ordered North Korean-owned businesses in China to close by January, cutting foreign revenue for Pyongyang under United Nations sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile programmes. The international community has deemed this action as necessary in the effort to strengthen sanctions. The US has previously expressed their disdain for China’s leniency with North Korea.
Recently, China has faced considerable pressure from the US particularly given that they are North Korea’s biggest trading partner. In the past, Beijing banned several North Korean imports including coal, seafood, and iron ore. It remains unclear whether China’s latest announcement will include the exporting of crude oil, which is China’s largest energy export to North Korea.
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