TRUMP: Maybe threatening North Korea with 'fire and fury' wasn't tough enough

Dominique Dufresne
Août 11, 2017

"He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before, what will happen in North Korea", Trump said.

"[Mr Guterres] welcomes all initiatives that will help de-escalate the tensions and a return to diplomacy", UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. "Maybe it wasn't tough enough".

Tillerson, speaking to reporters shortly before arriving on a previously planned visit to Guam on August 9, said he didn't believe there is "any imminent threat" from the rogue state located about 3,400 kilometers north of the island.

As North Korea's main trading partner, China has substantial leverage over the country.

Prior to the president's latest statement, Gen. Kim Rak Gyom took to North Korean state-run television to accuse Trump of going "senile" and spending too much time hitting golf balls.

Experts also note that an attack against the U.S. territory would almost certainly provoke a massive backlash that would likely lead to the long-ruling regime's destruction.

When North Korea on Wednesday repeated its intention to plan a missile strike directed at Guam, its wording was filled with conditions and chances for the country to backpedal. He said, "It's about time someone stood up for the people of our country and the people of other countries".

The unusually precise statement said the four missiles would be launched simultaneously and overfly the Japanese prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi. I'll tell you this, it may be tougher than I said it, not less.

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But he once again suggested that he expected China to "do a lot more" to bring North Korea into line.

The country's official Korean Central News Agency released a chilling new piece of propaganda on Thursday, reporting on a mass rally held in Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung Square. Still, with just 210 square miles (543 square km) of land, it's about half the size of Los Angeles.

He emerged from his hand-dug cave in 1972 and returned to Japan, presumably to a more comfortable abode.

The Constitution allows the president to use significant military force without congressional approval if it's in self-defense.

But the War Powers Resolution hasn't stopped longer military interventions. "I think it's a horrible agreement". But many analysts contend that the standard is different now that he is president.

Trump is not a stock character from a health class informational video about bullying.

"They've been negotiating now for 25 years".

In an interview with Fox News, Guam Governor Eddie Calvo struck a defiant note and backed Mr Trump's sabre-rattling.

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"A little less than half of their tests have failed or exploded on launch", says Lisa Collins, a fellow with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington.

Trump spoke after a luncheon meeting with Vice President Mike Pence.

"They should be very nervous".

Asked about Russian president Vladimir Putin expelling U.S. diplomats from Russia, the president portrayed as it as a positive thing for taxpayers.

"I'm very disappointed in Mitch", Trump said.

The President also sought to reassure Americans of their own safety on Thursday, even as he issued another stark warning to North Korea.

Trump expressed confidence in McMaster, his national security adviser, who has come under fire from conservatives in recent days.

"He's our friend. He's my friend and he's a very talented man. I like him and I respect him", Trump said.

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Tillerson and other officials said Trump was trying to send a message in language Kim Jong Un could understand.

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