|Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un|
Tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile threats continue to loom large over the region, with officials able to do little more than to sit and wait for Kim Jong-Un to launch the next missile test.
And President Trump has been accused of inflaming the situation with his war of words with the despot, after threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea despite calls for officials to remain calm to avoid antagonising the hermit kingdom.
Now in a shocking announcement today, Pyongyang vowed it would never back down as the regime revealed it is actually in "the final stage for completing nuclear deterrence".
The North's state-run KCNA news agency said in a commentary that the US should be disabused of the "absurd idea" that Pyongyang would succumb to international sanctions and give up its nuclear weapons.
The commentary titled ‘Stop dreaming a daydream’ read: ”It had better stop daydreaming of denuclearisation talks with us.
"Our self-defensive nuclear treasure sword will be sharpened evermore unless the US hostile policy toward the DPRK is abolished once and for all.”
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, he said: ”We'll be talking about trade. We'll be talking about obviously North Korea.
“We'll be enlisting the help of a lot of people and countries and we'll see what happens.
“But I think we're going to have a very successful trip. There is a lot of good will."
The president has rattled some allies with his vow to "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatens the United States along with his dismissal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission.
And White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster, defended Trump's colourful language in a briefing with reporters on Friday.
He said: ”What's inflammatory is the North Korean regime and what they're doing to threaten the world.”
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