U.S. Rep. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee, said this week that while North Korea's threats against America add up to "rhetoric," the rogue nation's provocative stance still is worrisome.
"We need to be concerned about North Korea because they're just insane over there," he said. "We've got somebody actually saying, 'we're at war with the United States and we will use nuclear weapons.' "
Marino said North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, is fairly unpredictable because he only has had reigns of the elusive country since December 2011 after taking over his father Kim Jong-il's leadership.
"I think it's different because there's a new person and we don't know really who's running the government," he said.
Marino said the U.S. and its allies will not tolerate North Korea's aggressive posture and threats of a military strike. He said that the U.S. could implement military action of its own if North Korea launches an attack on South Korea.
"We have an obligation to help protect South Korea. We will stand by that," said Marino.