President Trump addressed the widening crisis surrounding North Korea’s nuclear program on Tuesday, telling journalists Kim Jong Un will be “met with fire and fury” if he continues to threaten the United States.
The President spoke just minutes after intelligence officials confirmed the communist nation possessed nuclear warheads that could reach the United States mainland; hitting targets as far away as Chicago and even New York City.
The President was concluding a briefing with senior aides focusing on opioid abuse when he weighed-in on the escalating situation.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” warned the President from his golf retreat in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” he told jouranlists. “He has been very threatening; beyond a normal statement. As I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
US intelligence agencies surprised the world earlier Tuesday when they officially concluded that North Korea not only possesses missiles that could reach the United States, but has also built a nuclear warhead small enough to be sent by rocket.
The statement, carried by the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency, was the strongest indication yet that the country could conduct another nuclear or missile test, as it had often done in response to past United Nations sanctions. Until now, the North’s response to the latest sanctions had been limited to strident yet vague warnings, such as threatening retaliation “thousands of times over.”
“Packs of wolves are coming in attack to strangle a nation,” the North Korean statement said. “They should be mindful that the D.P.R.K.’s (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) strategic steps accompanied by physical action will be taken mercilessly with the mobilization of all its national strength.”