LA’s survivalist sales heating up amid war of words between Trump, North Korea

Ned Escaip sold his last gas mask on Thursday, and he was down to his final water pill on Friday.

Escaip, owner of The Knife Trader in Canoga Park, like some other survival supply stores across Southern California, are seeing a spike in purchases on supplies as the tough talk between President Donald Trump and North Korea has heated up in recent days.

“People are really concerned about this North Korea thing. It’s awful,” Escaip said. “It’s on the news every day. It’s in the paper. People are talking about it. I got regular customers that come in often and mention the problem over there.

There was more news Friday as the talk continued.

“This man will not get away with what he is doing,” Trump told reporters, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat … or if he does anything with respect to Guam, or any place else that is an American territory or an America ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast.”

Friday’s statements come after Trump, speaking from his New Jersey golf club Tuesday, said North Korean threats would be “met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,”

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Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have steadily climbed since the release of imprisoned Ohio college student Otto Warmbier — who later died — and Pyongyang’s launch of two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, according to The Associated Press.

U.S. intelligence agencies now assess that Pyongyang has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead, putting the country one step closer to becoming a nuclear power.

The recent rhetoric has prompted jitters from Asia to Southern California over the potential for war. And it’s even playing out inside local survival…

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