Pentagon Ready to 'Fight Tonight' as Tensions Between US, North Korea Escalate

President Donald J. Trump

"North Korea is a serious thing", the Minnesota Democrat said during a question-and-answer session at the progressive Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta on Friday.

The remarks drew outrage, and in an interview after the panel with the Washington Post, Ellison went into damage control.

"It's tailor-made for somebody to misuse", he added.

"That was one of those I wish I'd not said", Ellison said.

"You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there".


The editorial claimed that Kim Jong-un's army is "capable of fighting any war the US wants" and that the military is "on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack". "Well, he's acting more responsible than this guy".

Yun Sun, a senior associate at the Washington, D.C. -based Stimson Center, argued North Korea would not need intercontinental ballistic missiles to strike South Korea, whose capital sits just 35 miles from the border.

Reuters reported early Saturday that the state-run outlet, Korea Central News Agency (KCNA), said 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers have already volunteered for the army and directly linked that to the war of words with the United States and the President Donald Trump's warning of "fire and fury".

The missiles are created to carry nuclear weapons but it is not clear if the North has warheads small enough to fit on them, or the technology to bring them back to earth in one piece.

Trump continued to ramp up the rhetoric with a post on Twitter this morning indicating that the U.S.is prepared to take military action against North Korea.

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