Donald Trump has issued a new threat to North Korea demanding that Kim Jong-un’s government “get their act together” or face extraordinary trouble.
The US President said his previous “fire and fury” warning to Pyongyang might have been too mild.
“Maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough,” Mr Trump said in the latest round of an escalating exchange of threats between the two nuclear-armed nations.
Speaking in New Jersey, Mr Trump said North Korea had been “getting away with a
tragedy that can’t be allowed”. But he declined to say whether the US was considering a pre-emptive military strike, arguing that his administration never discusses such deliberations publicly. Mr Trump spoke after North Korea intensified its own rhetoric by announcing a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to US bombers.
That announcement had been a response to Mr Trump’s threat that North Korea would face “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it threatened the US again.
Flanked by his Vice President Mike Pence, Mr Trump said: “North Korea better get their act together or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble. It may
very well be tougher than I said.”
Mr Trump spoke after meeting with national security advisers at the golf resort where he is on holiday.
Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if North Korea were to go through with the plan. Mr Trump added his voice yesterday, insisting that if North Korea took any steps to even think about an attack, it would have reason to be nervous.
He added: “Things will happen to them like they never thought possible.”
Of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Mr Trump said: “He’s been pushing the world around for a long time.”