FLASHBACK: Obama Boasted the US Could Destroy North Korea

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"In North Hwanghae Province, 89,000 young men pleaded to enlist or reenlist on August 9 alone".

The state media earlier this week showed images of a mobilisation of tens of thousands of citizens parading through Kim Il-sung square in Pyongyang carrying banners in defence of Kim Jong-un and denouncing the latest United Nations sanctions.

Meanwhile, it's been apparent for a year or two that measures to permanently derail North Korea's program to develop nuclear arms, including an intercontinental capability, won't work. Russia, however, said that the missiles were intermediate range.

As a founding member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the United Kingdom would be obliged to consider the Trump administration's request amid mounting fears the rising tension between President Trump and Kim Jong-un could be the spark that ignites World War 3. The family reunion project materialized decades later, in a 2000 summit meeting between President Kim Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who agreed to regularly hold the humanitarian event.

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg
REUTERS US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg Germany on July 8

Amid the recent spike in tensions, Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury like the world has never seen", later adding that the threat wasn't tough enough.

"One of the things that we have been doing is spending a lot more time positioning our missile defense systems, so that even as we try to resolve the underlying problem of nuclear development inside of North Korea, we're also setting up a shield that can at least block the relatively low-level threats that they're posing right now", Mr. Obama said.

On Friday, the United States president again added fuel to the fire, saying that if Pyongyang "acts unwisely", Washington has military solutions "locked and loaded". "North Korea can't compete with America on any level".

The missiles are created to carry nuclear weapons but it is not clear if the North has warheads small enough to fit on them, or the technology to bring them back to earth in one piece. If force could ever have been justified, it was before North Korea became a nuclear power. "The Guam airbase which North Korea is planning to attack is also covered by U.S. anti-missile defense", he said.

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