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North Korea warns US is on 'knife's edge of life and death' as tensions rise after missile tests

North Korea has threatened the U.S. with more "gifts" in response to a joint missile test by joint U.S./South Korea forces. In an article, the North Korea government said, "It is not the denuclearization of N. Korea, but the security of U.S. mainland which should be the top priority of Trump administration." (Getty Images)

The North Korean government declared Thursday that the United States can count on more "unexpected gift packages" following a U.S.-South Korea joint missile test, according to Fox News.

Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's state-run newspaper, ran an article titled, "Heed the Warning of Juche Korea," Fox News reported. In the article, the government said the United States was "on the knife's edge of life and death" as tensions continue to rise between the communist state and the U.S.

"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 article 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," the article continued.

"If U.S. still refuses to accept such a realistic demand and doggedly pursue hostile policy against North Korea in order to save face, she will receive unexpected 'gift packages' which we will continue to send," the piece threatened.

The first "gift" to "American bastards" was announced July 4 by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un when he personally oversaw the test launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile. Experts said that this missile had the capability of reaching Hawaii or Alaska.

North Korea's latest Hwasong-14 test on July 31 outpaced the July 4 missile test in distance and time. Experts concluded that North Korea now has the capability of striking locations such as Chicago or Denver, putting their missile technology two years ahead of predictions. It is not yet confirmed if North Korea has the technological capability of attaching nuclear warheads to their ICBMs.

Fox News reported that Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, commander of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, responded by saying that the U.S. is ready to respond with "rapid, lethal and overwhelming force," should the Kim regime attempt to act lethally themselves.

Last month, North Korea threatened the U.S. with a nuclear strike should the Kim regime be threatened in any way.

“Should the U.S. dare to show even the slightest sign of attempt to remove our supreme leadership, we will strike a merciless blow at the heart of the U.S. with our powerful nuclear hammer, honed and hardened over time," a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said during an interview with Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency.

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