North Korea is determined to beat President Trump and the US, and that means beating America's allies, too.
At the top of that list for the North Koreans are two countries: Japan and Israel.
Japan is obvious. Israel, less so.
But observers will remember that when Israel destroyed Syria's nascent nuclear program, it was quickly discovered that North Korea had provided the know-how and hardware to the defiant Arab dictatorship.
It is also known that North Korea is in league with some of the Middle East's more unsavory players, all of which want to see Israeli annihilated.
As such, few Israelis tears would be shed if Trump followed through on his threats to end the North Korean regime.
And Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said as much in a radio interview last week.
The North Korean government responded with a stern warning for Israel:
"The reckless remarks of the Israeli defense minister are sordid and wicked behavior and grave challenge to the DPRK."
The statement went on to threaten Israel and any other nation that damages the "dignity" of the North Korean leadership with "merciless, thousand-fold punishment."