North Korea war: How did we get here?
Trump says the US is ‘locked and loaded’ (Picture: EPA/ Getty)

The relationship between America and North Korea has long been a turbulent one. But a series of events over the past couple of months has led to an escalation in threats by both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Now, the president says America is prepared for the war.

Here’s how it happened:

June 19

North Korea war: How did we get here?
Otto Warmbier (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

News breaks that Otto Warmbier, a US student who was being held in North Korea, died after his release.

The 22-year-old had suffered severe neurological damage. He had been sentenced to 15 years hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster in March 2016. North Korean authorities revealed he had been in a coma since the day after his sentence was passed.

North Korea has always denied any wrongdoing.

Throughout July

North Korea says it is testing intercontinental missiles.

July 21

North Korea war: How did we get here?
North Korea has been testing missiles all month (Picture: Getty)

There are rumors the US is trying to introduce a law banning US citizens from visiting North Korea. Two North Korean tour agencies wrote about it on their websites at the time.

July 27

North Korea threatens to ‘annihilate’ America with a missile strike. A US defense official, who wanted to remain anonymous, said either an intermediate-range missile known as a KN-20 or a Hwasong-14, would ‘probably’ be launched as it is the 64th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement.

July 28

Pentagon says it is prepared for ‘any attack’ as North Korea launches second missile.

August 8

North Korea war: How did we get here?
Soldiers pour out in the streets as a show of strength (Picture: Getty)

Trump begins his slew of Twitter warning to North Korea, first tweeting: ‘After many years of failure,countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea. We must be tough & decisive!’

Meanwhile, North Korea successfully creates nuclear warhead to fit inside missiles.

Trump responds by saying North Korea will be met with ‘fire and fury’.

North Korea says it is reviewing plans to attack the US island of Guam.

August 9

As a show of strength, Trump says his first order as president was to upgrade America’s nuclear program.

August 11

Trump says America is ‘locked and loaded’ as he claims his ‘fire and fury’ comments were not strong enough.