A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK released the following statement on Friday:

The situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region has reached an extremely dangerous phase due to the mad-cap nuclear war provocations of the U.S. to violate the sovereignty and vital rights of the DPRK at any cost.

Recently, the authorities of the Trump Administration are spouting a load of rubbish calling for browbeating the DPRK by force of arms every day. They are crying out for settling the issue with the help of someone, seeking to bring nuclear aircraft carrier strike groups one after another to the waters off the Korean Peninsula.

Such intimidation and blackmail can never frighten the DPRK.

The invincible revolutionary Paektusan army, closely following the maneuvers of the U.S., is waiting for an order only after rounding off its full preparedness to counter them immediately.

It is an unshakable will of the DPRK to go to the end if the U.S. wants to remain unchanged in its confrontational stance.

The army of the DPRK has already clarified that its heaviest counteractions include a sudden preemptive attack involving maneuvers on the ground, in seas, under waters and in the air and various other methods and the Korean-style tough counter-actions will be promptly taken to cope with the provocations of any forms and levels from the U.S.

The world will clearly witness this time the fact that gone are the days never to return when the U.S. forced its will upon other countries.

The DPRK, a peace-loving socialist state, is setting great store by peace. But it neither fears a war nor wants to avoid it.

The DPRK is a nuclear power capable of countering any option and means of the U.S. and will not avoid any option made by it.