'Don't mess with us'| North Korea tells U.S

North Korea has threatened the US with a "super-mighty pre-emptive strike" and sent a blunt message to Donald Trump: “Don't mess with us!”

The latest threat was a repeat warning of a nuclear strike against the US if provoked.
The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, did not mince its words and warned the US and its allies "should not mess with us".
It said: “In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only US imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the US mainland and reduce them to ashes.”
Pyongyang said it has developed a missile that can strike the mainland US but officials and experts believe it is a long way off from mastering the necessary technology.
But Washington’s hardliners are losing patience with the North Korean regime.
Mr Trump has taken a tough stance with Kim, who has ignored a ticking off from China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: ”We're reviewing all the status of North Korea, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as the other ways in which we can bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us, but re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held.”
US Vice President Mike Pence has said repeatedly the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea is over.
And House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said the military option must be part of the pressure brought to bear.
He said: ”Allowing this dictator to have that kind of power is not something that civilised nations can allow to happen.”
Mr Ryan said he was encouraged by the results of efforts to work with China to reduce tensions but that it was unacceptable North Korea might be able to strike allies with nuclear weapons.
He spoke as US and South Korean armed forces continued with intensive military training exercises codenamed Max Thunder in the region.

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