Donald Trump threatens 'fury' against N Korea

in news •  last year

US President Donald Trump says North Korea "will be met with fire and fury" if it threatens the US.

His comments came after a Washington Post report, citing US intelligence officials, said Pyongyang had produced a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside its missiles.This would mean the North is developing nuclear weapons capable of striking the US at a much faster rate than expected.The UN recently approved further economic sanctions against the country.The Security Council unanimously agreed to ban North Korean exports and limit investments, prompting fury from North Korea and a vow to make the "US pay a price".The  heated rhetoric between the two leaders intensified after Pyongyang  tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in July, claiming  it now had the ability to hit the US.Mr Trump told reporters on  Tuesday: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the US. They  will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen." 

Analysis: Words with consequences? 

Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, Washington:Donald  Trump said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "has been very  threatful, beyond a normal statement". So he responded with language  that goes well beyond a normal statement for any US president.Perhaps  Mr Trump believes that no hyperbolic threats should go unmatched or  that apocalyptic warnings are the only ones the North Korean leadership  will understand. Perhaps he - intentionally or not - is pursuing a  Nixonian "madman" style foreign policy, where adversaries will tread  lightly to avoid triggering the wrath of an unpredictable US  commander-in-chief. When the leader of the world's greatest  superpower, the only nation ever to have used nuclear weapons on an  enemy, talks of unprecedented "fire and fury", however, those words have  consequences.During his presidential campaign Mr Trump  criticised his predecessor Barack Obama for not enforcing a red line  against Syria's use of chemical weapons. Now President Trump has drawn a  fiery bright line of his own with North Korea - one that could commit  the US to a perilous course of action if his words go unheeded. 

 It has previously been thought that the North was still years away  from being able to fire a nuclear weapon, although it has long carried  out separate nuclear tests and missile launches.North Korea said  on Monday, two days after the UN sanctions were passed, that it would  continue with its nuclear weapons programme.The state-run KCNA  news agency said Pyongyang would "not put our self-defensive nuclear  deterrent on the negotiating table" while it faces threats from the US.It  threatened to make the US "pay the price for its crime... thousands of  times," referring to America's role in drafting the UN sanctions  resolution. 

Source: BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40869319

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