North Korean officials said on Dec. 6 that it is inevitable that they will go to war with the U.S. in the not-so-distant future, although they aren't sure as to the exact timeline.
"We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the U.S. miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the U.S. dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened," said a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman, whose name is not known, according to The Associated Press.
Through the official Korean Central News Agency, the spokesman called out CIA Director Mike Pompeo and other American leaders, after Pompeo said on Dec. 2 that he and other members of the U.S. intelligence community don't believe Pyongyang leader Kim Jong-un is aware of how feeble his standing is, both domestically and internationally.
"Worse still, the CIA director has made a provocation against us by impudently criticizing our supreme leadership, which is the heart of our people," the spokesman said, reports Newsweek.
Though the republic has long suggested that they were close to war with the U.S., the spokesman called Pompeo's "bellicose remarks" the final straw, according to the AP.
"The careless remarks of war by the inner circle of Trump and the reckless military moves by the U.S. substantiate that the current U.S. administration has made a decision to provoke a war on the Korean Peninsula and is taking a step-by-step approach to get there," he added, notes Newsweek.
The comments came hours after the U.S. sent a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea, which the Asian nation said was part of a collaborative drill to simulate land strikes at a military field on their eastern coast.
"Through the drill, the South Korean and U.S. air forces displayed the allies' strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles," the South Korean military said in a statement, according to the AP.
More than 200 planes took part in the exercises, which lasted for nearly a week and involved six U.S. F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighters.
Pyongyang has publicly conducted at least three intercontinental ballistic missile tests, indicating that they have made significant increases to their nuclear arsenal, which some experts say could reach the mainland U.S.
Sources: AP via Chicago Tribune, Newsweek / Featured Image: U.S. Department of Defense via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Vietnam Mobiography/Flickr, United States Missile Defense Agency via Wikimedia Commons