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North Korean general says Trump is 'bereft of reason'

The war of words between President Trump and North Korea escalated on Wednesday, when a North Korean general called Trump's promise of "fire and fury" if the country continued to threaten the U.S. with nuclear weapons a "load of nonsense."

State-run news agency KCNA aired a statement by Gen. Kim Rak Gyom, who said "sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him." He then attacked Trump for going on what the president calls a "working vacation" at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, accusing him of playing golf while "failing to grasp the ongoing grave situation."

The general also repeated North Korea's threat to fire missiles at Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific, saying the country is "seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam" by using intermediate-range ballistic rockets. He said the plan will be completed by mid-August and sent to the commander-in-chief of North Korea's nuclear force, with the military waiting for his orders.