Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have been rising over the past year. Now, they appear to be boiling over.

Western Journalism reported that a top commander of U.S. troops in Asia just revealed that North Korea is undoubtedly feeling the pressure as harsh sanctions from the international community bear down on them. General Vincent K. Brooks, the commander of U.S. Forces on the Korean Peninsula, just said that North Korea has been decreasing its military exercises and increasing its executions recently.

“We’re seeing some increase in executions, mostly against political officers who are in military units, for corruption,” Brooks said.

He went on to describe the executions as the regime’s attempt to “clamp down as much as possible on something that might be deteriorating and keeping it from deteriorating too quickly.” The general explained that numerous defections, such as the one that happened last month when a North Korean soldier successfully crossed into South Korea, are becoming more common in areas not generally seen.

Brooks believes that the decrease in military exercises is due to increased sanctions leveled against the state and its leader, Kim Jong Un. The United Nations recently placed major restrictions on the trade of oil and refined petroleum products to North Korea, which is affecting the regime in various ways and causing analysts to conclude the country is attempting to conserve fuel.

This comes after North Korea issued a statement calling President Donald Trump “racist.”

“Racial discrimination and misanthropy are serious maladies inherent to the social system of the U.S., and they have been aggravated since Trump took office,” North Korea’s state-run newspaper said. “The racial violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 is a typical example of the acme of the current administration’s policy of racism.”

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