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Insults and threats are again being hurled between the United States and North Korea as tensions soar to heights unseen in the last two years ahead of a unilateral year-end deadline set by Pyongyang for progress in nuclear talks.

While North Korea has deployed some of its most senior officials to lay into the White House — including directly targeting President Donald Trump — over Washington’s position in the stalled nuclear talks, the U.S. has requested that the United Nations Security Council meet Wednesday to discuss a “comprehensive update on recent developments” and the possibility of a fresh provocation by Pyongyang.

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