President Trump issues another warning for Kim Jong Un about escalating nuclear situation

President Trump issues another warning for Kim Jong Un about escalating nuclear situation
President Donald Trump issues a new warning to North Korea after they threaten to attack the U.S. territory of Guam. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that Guam is not "in any imminent danger" as a result of North Korean threats. (Getty Images)

President Donald Trump expounded Wednesday morning on his Tuesday statement that further threats from North Korea against the U.S. would be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

After the state-run North Korean media issued a statement slapping back at Trump’s “fire and fury” comments with a warning that North Korea is ready to launch an attack against Guam, Trump responded to the report on Twitter.

The president wrote, “My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.”

In a follow-up tweet, Trump said, “Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!”

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump told reporters during a briefing Tuesday in New Jersey. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

The president’s comments followed a Washington Post report that U.S. Intelligence officials have said North Korea possesses a nuclear weapon small enough to fit on a missile. While smaller, missile-ready nuclear warheads have not been tested yet, according to U.S. officials, the Pentagon has confirmed that North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missiles can reach targets on the U.S. mainland, including Denver and Chicago.

In late July, North Korea vowed to nuke the U.S. if Kim’s regime should be threatened in any way.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday buffered Trump’s Tuesday comments and claimed that Guam is not “in any imminent danger” as a result of North Korean threats.

“What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language,” Tillerson said during an interview while flying from Malaysia to a scheduled refueling stop in Guam.

“I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime that the U.S. has the unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies, and I think it was important that he deliver that message to avoid any miscalculation on their part,” he said.

As for rising U.S. panic, Tillerson said that Americans should be able to sleep at night without having to worry about a nuclear attack at the hands of North Korea.

“I think what the president was just reaffirming is that the United States has the capability to fully defend itself from any attack, and our allies, and we will do so,” Tillerson said. “So the American people should sleep well at night.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham suggested Tuesday that military options could be used to halt threats from North Korea. He said on NBC's "Today" Show, "There is a military option to destroy North Korea's (missile) program and North Korea itself. If there's going to be a war to stop them, it will be over there." On Friday, North Korea launched the second intercontinental ballistic missile this month and the longest ranged-one it's ever tested. President Donald Trump told reporters Monday, "We will handle North Korea. We are gonna be able to handle them. It will be handled. We handle everything."

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