North Korea threatens US with more ‘unexpected gift packages’ after missile test

With national pride flying as high as one of its recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests, North Korea threatened the United States — again — on Thursday, warning with typical hyperbolic abandon that the rogue regime would soon send “unexpected ‘gift packages,” claiming America is “on the knife’s edge of life and death” and slamming the Trump administration.

Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of North Korea’s ruling party, issued the threat in a column titled “Heed the Warning of Juche Korea” in which the authors asserted the Trump administration is being forced to “wave a white flag” amid tensions with Pyongyang.

This photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, ICBM, in North Korea's northwest, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. North Korea claimed to have tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile in a launch Tuesday, a potential game-changing development in its push to militarily challenge Washington — but a declaration that conflicts with earlier South Korean and U.S. assessments that it had an intermediate range. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

“Every minute and every second, the new reality that U.S. mainland is on the knife’s edge of life and death is forcing U.S. administration to wave a white flag and fundamentally change her North Korea policy,” the piece stated.

“It is not the denuclearization of N. Korea, but the security of U.S. mainland which should be the top priority of Trump administration,” it added.

Consistent with the other threats the country has issued before, North Korea cautioned that another so-called “gift package” would be heading its way to the “American bastards.”

North Korea’s latest threat comes as U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy said the U.S. and its allies are prepared to use “rapid, lethal and overwhelming force,” if necessary, against the regime.

“North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,” O’Shaughnessy said.

North Korea’s latest ICBM test was the longest such test in the history of Pyongyang, flying five minutes longer than its previous launch. The missile flew 2,300 miles into space, about 600 miles higher than the July 4 ICBM. Experts believe it could reach a substantial portion of the U.S. mainland.

Earlier this week, the U.S. military also conducted a “successful” test of its THAAD anti-ballistic missile system. The medium-range target ballistic missile was launched over the Pacific Ocean and the THAAD weapon system tracked and intercepted it in Kodiak.

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