Donald Trump has declared that the US is “totally prepared” to take a military option against North Korea, saying “it will be devastating” to Pyongyang.
The US president was reacting to reports of a North Korean threat to shoot down American bombers, after what the country called a declaration of war.
Earlier, the US dismissed North Korea’s accusation that Trump has declared war as “absurd”.
The heated exchange came as South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) said Pyongyang had moved to bolster its coastal defences by relocating its warplanes along the east coast.
Regional leaders on Tuesday warned that war on the Korean Peninsula would result in “catastrophic consequences”.
Trump also said that the North Korea problem could have been dealt with in the past, blaming “past administrations” for not taking action.