A new round in the US-North Korea war of words came Sunday, with a Pyongyang state-run newspaper calling American President Donald Trump a "strangler of peace" who is pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of war."
A commentary from the Rodong Sinmun newspaper claimed that Trump's decision to increase arms deliveries to Japan and South Korea has created a "hair trigger situation" in the region.
"Trump called for total destruction of our state and people at the UN arena, and continues to bring nuclear strategic assets into South Korea and its vicinity, pushing the situation on the peninsula to the brink of war," the commentary said, as cited by CNN.
The decision to give its allies increased access to US weaponry was made by the White House in September, following another North Korean missile test. At the time, Trump was blasted by North Korean media as a "war merchant living on human blood."
Sunday's commentary came amid reports in South Korean media claiming that Pyongyang may be currently preparing for a new missile launch in response to a major US-South Korean naval exercise that is scheduled to kick off on Monday.
According to the Dong-A Ilbo daily, a US satellite took pictures of a ballistic missile mounted on launchers being transported out of a hangar to several areas in North Korea. Sources told the newspaper that US military officials believe this could indicate preparations for a launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM).
Earlier, KCNA published an article threatening the US with a missile strike on Guam if Washington continues to expand its military activities in the region and Trump continues to convey warmongering statements on social media.
The situation around North Korea has escalated in recent months, following a series of missile and nuclear tests by the country.
North Korea conducted its latest missile launch on September 15, with a ballistic missile flying over northern Japan before splashing into the Pacific. The launch came just days after the UN Security Council approved sanctions against Pyongyang over its missile and nuclear program. On September 3, the North conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date, which many believe to be an H-bomb.