North Korea just celebrated their 71st Foundation Day on Oct. 10, but the rest of the world had little to cheer about on the occasion.

Recently, the South Korean military confirmed increased military activity around the country’s main rocket launch site, indicating preparations for a long-range missile launch in the near future.

Now we are learning that North Korea is furious over – what they claim are –  aggressive exercises between South Korea and the United States.

North Korea said they will strike first with nuclear weapons if they feel threatened by either nation.

They have also stated they will continue nuclear tests after its most recent 5th nuclear event and continue ballistic missile testing. They have launched over 20 ballistic missile shots in recent months as they strive to increase their ability to deliver payload on target.

This is startling.

Lee Yong Pil, the director of the Foreign Ministry’s Institute for American Studies, said of the situation:

“The US has nuclear weapons off our coast, targeting our country, our capital and our dear leader, Kim Jong Un. We will not step back as long as there’s a nuclear threat to us from the United States.

 If we see that the US would do it to us, we would do it first.  We have the technology.  We have to have nuclear weapons to protect our country, and it’s our policy to go nuclear.”

To make matters worse, this threat seems to be wholly ignored by the Obama administration, despite any delusions that North Korea may have.

According to The Wall Street Journal, China’s top nuclear weapons experts now believe North Korea has a greater domestic capacity to enrich uranium more than anyone previously thought – and believe they already have 20 nuclear warheads.

And this isn’t even the first threat we’ve had from North Korea either – we know they’re dangerous and reckless.

In 1993, America had a “terrifying encounter” with what seemed as a possible nuclear attack.

U.S. Navy representative Mark Kirk recalls:

“It was a no notice, no warning missile launch out of North Korea, and for the first and only time in my career in the National Military Joint Intelligence Center.  I got to see all of the panoply of the United States military wake up in a few seconds.

 We did not know what kind of missile it was, so the impact area, at the beginning, was the entire United States, and you thought about what we might be doing in the next 12 minutes: Would we be notifying the president that we had lost an American city? We were going to know the answer in 12 minutes.”

And of course, North Korea’s ability to develop their arsenal has increased since 1993.

They now have enough weapons-grade fuel for 20 nuclear warheads – considered to be an arsenal – with a capacity to make six to seven more annually.

But magnifying the danger is Pyongyang’s illicit partnership with Pakistan.  Initially, North Korea only had missiles, but no nukes, and Pakistan had the warheads, but lacked missiles.

Together they make up for what the other country lacks.

For over 30 years, the nuclear capabilities have increased – and America has largely ignored that it’s increased by two of our worst enemies.

America needs to stop ignoring this problem and overlooking what may eventually become World War III.