President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the United States was “totally prepared” for military action against North Korea — “it will be devastating” — after Pyongyang said the president declared war and threatened to shoot down American bombers in international airspace.
“We are totally prepared for the second option,” Trump told reporters at a Rose Garden news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. “Not a preferred option.
“If we take that option, it will be devastating,” he added. “Devastating for North Korea.
“That’s called the military option,” the president said. “If we have to take it, we will.
“He is acting very badly,” Trump said of dictator Kim Jong Un. “He is saying things that should never, ever be said.
“And we’re replying to those things.”
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said Monday that President Trump had declared war in a Sunday tweet that the regime’s leaders “won’t be around much longer.”