Donald Trump upped the ante in this continuing war of words with North Korea last week, threatening to unleash ‘fire and fury’ against Kim Jong-un’s regime.
This latest hyperbole marked an increase in the U.S. President’s campaign of intimidation against the nation, and sparked a series of threats of military action from the country’s leader.
But it seems his fiery outburst is having little effect on the attitudes of North Korean citizens.
He said: ‘We know how people there generally think about this kind of thing; they see it as warmongering and something that adds to their perceived need for the most terrifying weaponry to defend themselves.
‘Plus people [in North Korea] know that if you have nuclear weapons you don’t get invaded, that’s been manifest for a while.
‘I don’t think you would find anyone there who would claim to be scared.’
Speaking from North Korea today, Mr Cokerell said that Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ outburst hadn’t changed the atmosphere on the streets.
‘I don’t sense any change at all on the ground,’ he said.
‘To be honest in all the time I have been here, through all manner of tensions and drama, this is always the way.’
Tens of thousands of North Koreans took to the streets of Pyongyang last week to take part in a protest in defiance of The President’s threats.
The huge rally in Kim II Sung Square saw protestors raise their fists in the air while holding placards containing propaganda messages and pro-North Korean slogans.
Kim Jong-un appeared to soften his stance today, backing down from threats of a military strike against the U.S. territory of Guam.
The development comes after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that if the hermit kingdom was to fire a missile at the United States, the situation could escalate into war.
“If they fire at the United States, it could escalate into war very quickly,” Mattis told reporters.