Kim Jong-un has said North Korea is on the ‘brink of war’ with America in response to growing tensions between the two countries.
The hermit nation’s ambassador to Moscow has said it was prepared to ‘the most ruthless blow’ in a war with the USA for even the ‘smallest provocation’.
It is understood that after President Trump ordered a strike against al-Assad’s Syria this week, North Korea has become concerned.
Communist leaders in the North are believed to view Assad as a key ally in their decades long struggle with the west.
The ambassador to Moscow, Kym Jyong-Jun, said: ‘Our army has already said that if there will be even the smallest provocation from the United States during exercises, we are ready to deliver the most ruthless blow.’
Previously the nation labelled the bombing of an airfield linked with the gassing of children an ‘unforgivable act of aggression’ that showed its decision to develop nuclear weapons was ‘the right choice a million times over’.Kim and Assad have previously exchanged messages of warm wishes and pledges of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
Tensions in the Korean peninsula are already heightened because an American Navy strike group is moving to Western allies in the region.
The strike group, called Carl Vinson, includes an aircraft carrier and will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula, according to the official.
‘We feel the increased presence is necessary,’ the anonymous official said, citing North Korea’s worrisome behavior.
Earlier this month North Korea tested a liquid-fueled Scud missile which only traveled a fraction of its range.
Kim, the dictator, has been hinting that an intercontinental ballistic missile test or something similar could be coming, possibly as soon as April 15, the 105th birthday of North Korea’s founding president and celebrated annually as ‘the Day of the Sun.’
Earlier this week U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Florida, where Trump pressed his counterpart to do more to curb North Korea’s nuclear program.