North Korea has officially threatened the United States with nuclear war after joint drills conducted with South Korea last weekend drove tensions even higher. The rogue nation also warned that a nuclear war “would inevitably lead to another world war.”

North Korea is not mincing words with their latest threat. The US and South Korea participated in joint bombing drills recently, and Kim Jong-un has made it clear that that’s a provocation, while experts in the US claim that nothing more than “self-restraint” is standing between armistice and a nuclear war.

“South Korea and U.S. air forces will immediately respond to enemy provocation in any form anytime and anywhere,” South Korean air force operational commander Lieutenant-General Won In Chu told reporters in a text message.

“North Korea’s actions are a threat to our allies, partners, and homeland,” Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Terrence O’ Shaughnessy said in a statement. “Let me be clear. If called upon we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the full lethal capability of our allied air forces.”

Two U.S. officials said the show of force was intended to “send a clear message” to North Korea, ruled by the dictator Kim Jong Un. But North Korea’s chubby tyrant responded all too quickly to the “clear message,” with one of his own, and he sounds ready for World War 3. Pyongyang was furious after the US deployed two bombers near its border in a show of force that it slammed as a “military provocation.” North Korea has now accused the US and South Korea of pushing the region to the “tipping point” of nuclear war.

Tensions escalated in the peninsula after North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, believed to be capable of hitting targets as far away as Alaska. Kim Jong-un must be extremely tired of being considered irrelevant, and the US is known as a warmongering country. These tensions show no signs of subsiding, and war appears all but imminent.

North Korea, which is banned from testing or developing missiles under UN resolutions, has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped ICBM capable of hitting the US, ignoring repeated and toothless warnings from the international community. The military drill conducted by the US and South Korea saw American bombers destroy missile batteries and South Korean jets deliver precision missile strikes on an underground command post.

An editorial titled “Don’t Play With Fire On A Powder Keg” published in the state-run North Korean Rodong newspaper said that the joint drill made a nuclear world war more likely. Describing the Korean peninsula as “the world’s biggest tinderbox”, the article said, “The US, with its dangerous military provocation, is pushing the risk of a nuclear war on the peninsula to a tipping point.” The paper did, however, accurately describe the exercises as a “dangerous military gambit of warmongers who are trying to ignite the fuse of a nuclear war on the peninsula“.

“A small misjudgment or error can immediately lead to the beginning of a nuclear war, which will inevitably lead to another world war,” it added. The article also justified North Korea’s weapons’ tests as “legitimate and justified measures” amid increasing “threats of nuclear war” against Pyongyang by Washington.

Starting WW3 appears to be a top priority for both the US and North Korea. Both nations seem to be increasingly hungry for a nuclear war, and neither has chosen to show a great deal of restraint.