President Donald Trump said Tuesday that further threats from North Korea "will be met with fire and fury."
North Korea has been intentionally antagonizing the United States and its allies in the region by continuously advancing its intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear programs, while simultaneously making threats against the U.S.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," Trump said to reporters during a briefing in New Jersey on the U.S. opioid crisis. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."
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An assessment from the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency on Tuesday suggested that North Korea has the capability of attaching a miniature nuclear device to its ICBMs. While these nuclear warheads have not been tested yet, according to U.S. officials, the Pentagon has confirmed that North Korea's ICBMs have the capability of reaching targets on the U.S. mainland, including Denver and Chicago.
The North Korean missile tests were in clear defiance of sanctions and threats by the U.S. and the United Nations. On Monday, North Korea responded to sanctions by the U.S., and said they would take a “thousands-fold” revenge against the United States.
Just last Thursday, North Korean President Kim Jong Un's government threatened that the U.S. was on the "knife's edge of life and death," according to a North Korean state run news agency.
"He [Kim] has been very threatening beyond a normal statement," Trump told reporters Tuesday, "and as I said they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly, power. The likes of which this world has never seen before."
On Saturday, national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster told MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt that a pre-emptive strike option for North Korea was on the table. McMaster's statement came with a warning to Kim that he should "not sleep easy at night."
After North Korea's July 4 missile test, which Kim called a "gift" for the "American bastards," the United States and South Korea conducted a joint test of a precision-guided missile. According to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the test was meant to make "more than statements."
The U.S. also released spy footage of Kim walking around the Hwasong-14 launch site on July 4 to the North Korean government. This was meant to signal to Kim that the U.S. could kill the dictator at any time, officials said.
In late July, North Korea vowed to nuke the U.S. if Kim's regime should be threatened in any way.