Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump threatens to rain 'fire and fury' on North Korea

Trump threatens to rain 'fire and fury' on North Korea

US President Donald Trump lashed out at North Korea by saying further military provocations by North Korea would "be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen before".

Shortly before Trump's warning, the Washington Post cited us intelligence officials as saying that the reclusive regime has succeeded in producing a nuclear warhead that can fit atop its missiles.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has called new sanctions on North Korea "a gut punch" and warned of possible military action should the regime continue its aggressive actions.

"North Korea is not showing any evidence it plans to halt its missile tests", said one official who requested animosity to discuss sensitive information. "There is no more time to stick our heads in the sand and think we have months or years to confront this challenge".

Officials at the agency would not comment Tuesday on the report.

However, they remain divided on which policy would best contain that threat - and for the first time in nearly 30 years, a majority of Americans were found to support military action if North Korea attacked South Korea.

"I would tell you that we would be favorably inclined to do anything which furthers the defense capabilities of South Korea and we certainly have seen our alliance change and adapt over time before", Davis said. "Today is truly a sad day indeed", he said. North Korea has launched more than a dozen test missiles this year.

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Now, North Korea has to respond.

That came a day after China and Russian Federation joined with the United States in a unanimous U.N. Security Council vote approving the toughest economic sanctions yet against the increasingly isolated regime.

"There is no bigger mistake than the United States believing that its land is safe across the ocean", the news agency said.

Speaking at the ASEAN Regional Forum on Monday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho blamed the USA for the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and said Pyongyang's "possession of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles is a legitimate option for self-defense in the face of a clear and real nuclear threat posed by the United States", according to a statement.

Unless the new sanctions change that North Korean position, and do it soon, they will have little impact on the wider crisis, since U.S. intelligence estimates that Pyongyang may have the capacity to deliver a nuclear weapon to the USA mainland by early next year - at a moment of truth for Trump.

North Korea has repeatedly refused to conduct any negotiations aimed at halting its nuclear progress.

Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said over the weekend that "all options" are on the table to deal with North Korea. The U.S. also calculated last month that North Korea has up to 60 nuclear weapons, the Post said, more than double most assessments by independent experts.

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