At a joint press conference in the White House with Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, President Donald Trump warned North Korea that a military option would “be devastating for North Korea” if the US decides to attack the country in reaction to the constant threats made by the secluded regime. Trump, however, stressed that recent military joint drills with South Korea along the country’s border with the North are a reply to the nuclear and missile tests, as well as to the fierce rhetoric by Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader. “He is acting very badly, he is saying things that should never ever be said and we are replying to those things.

But it is a reply, it is not an original step, but it is a reply,” the President said to American and International Journalists.

At the occasion, according to CNN, the President also criticized past administrations for relegating the problem. For Trump, “North Korea is a situation that should’ve been handled twenty-five years ago, twenty years ago, fifteen years ago, ten years ago, five years ago, and it could have been handled much more easily.” Now, he says, he will have to “fix the mess” that the many previous administrations “left” to him. Trump ensured that the US is ready and prepared to take the “military option” anytime soon if needed.

Military Moves

Trump’s statement was a reaction to reports by the US military, disclosed by CNN, that North Korea has moved some fighter jets, fuel tanks, air-to-air missiles, and other military assets to a base on its eastern coast, near from where joint drills have been carried out between the US and South Korea.

The move, according to defense sources consulted by the network, is to boost military readiness in case a war breaks up on the peninsula. The move, CNN goes on, was detected in US satellite images. The network explains that the regime operates soviet era Mig 29 aircraft, although the size of the fleet is unknown.

The endless war of words: 'Rocket Man' Vs. 'Dotard'

The War Of Words pursued by President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un has made daily headlines in newspapers and the internet. It has also become an endless source of mocking on social media. In one of the most remarkable battles between the two leaders, Kim Jong-un called Trump a “mentally deranged US dotard,” after the American leader threatened to “totally destroy North Korea”, in a speech given at the United Nations General Assembly. At the same occasion, President Donald Trump dubbed Kim as the Rocket Man.