The president directly addressed Kim Jong-un’s repeated threats against the US in a conference on Tuesday.
He said: ‘North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening — beyond a normal statement — and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen before.’
North Korea said it is ‘carefully examining’ a plan to strike the US territory of Guam — an island in the Pacific off the Philippines — in the wake of Trump’s comments.
It comes after news that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside missiles.
If true, that would mean the regime has passed a crucial threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power.
Officials at the agency have not commented.
Trump and North Korea have been going backward and forward on verbal attacks over the past few weeks, but this appears to be Trump’s boiling point.Separately, Japan’s defense ministry assessed in a report on Tuesday that it is possible that North Korea has achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons and has developed nuclear warheads.
The president tweeted: ‘After many years of failure,countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea. We must be tough & decisive!’
Trump and his top envoy to the UN say the latest sanctions against North Korea are necessary to try to curb the reclusive nation’s nuclear program.
UN ambassador Nikki Haley told NBC’s Today show that she isn’t sure whether the sanctions will work. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has expressed no interest in walking away from his nuclear and ballistic missile program, and the country has survived past sanctions.
But Haley says the sanctions force Kim to rethink his ‘endgame’. She said: ‘He has to decide. If he strikes the United States, is that something he can win?’