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Donald Trump tells Kim Jong-un he'll respond with fire, fury, and power
by Nathan'ette Burdine: August 9, 2017

During a meeting at his country club in New Jersey, Donald Trump told reporters that he’ll respond with “fire,” “fury,” and “power” if North Korea launches a nuclear missile towards the United States.

Trump told reporters, “They will be met with fire and fury, like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal statement. And as I said, ‘They will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.’”

Trump’s comments came after the Washington Post reported that North Korea has successfully developed a small enough nuclear warhead to place inside a missile that can reach the mainland of the United States.

It is not clear how many nuclear warheads North Korea has. According to the Washington Post, some experts say the number is around 60 while other experts say the number is significantly smaller.

North Korea spent the last couple of weeks testing its missiles program and increasiing its heated rhetoric against the U.S.

However, North Korea’s actions became too much for all 15 member countries on the United Nations Security Council to stand.

So last Friday, all 15 member countries voted to sanction North Korea.

The sanctions will cut off North Korea’s money supply. The sanctions will prevent North Koreans from working in the member countries, opening businesses with the UN member countries and/or the member countries’ citizens, and not allowing North Koreans to invest in the member countries.

Both China and Russia, which usually do not support tougher sanctions on North Korea, praised the new round of sanctions.

According to the UN’s press release, China’s Representative to the UN Liu Jieyi said the North Koreans “defied the will of the entire international community” by continuing its nuclear program; while Russia’s Representative to the UN Vassily Alekseenvich Nebenzia said that the North Koreans need to discontinue their nuclear program and abide by the terms of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) rules.

Jieyi and Nebenzia also made clear that although they do not support a nuclear North Korea, China and Russia do not want a regime change and would prefer to have all parties go back to the negotiating table.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster have stated that they will like to solve the North Korean problem diplomatically but, at the end of the day, the decision is up to North Korea.

ABC News quoted Tillerson as saying, “The best signal that North Korea could give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches…So it is all about how we see their attitude towards approaching a dialogue with us.”

Fox News reported that H.R. McMaster told Hugh Hewitt that all options, including diplomatic and military, are on the table.

Fox News quoted McMaster as saying to Hewitt, “Are we preparing a plan for a preventive war!...The president has been very clear that he’s not going to tolerate North Korea being able to threaten the U.S….So of course we have to provide all options to do that, and that includes a military option.”

For his part, North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un has responded to the sanctions and Donald Trump’s comments by threatening to blow up the U.S. territory of Guam.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told KTAR Radio that Donald Trump needs to be careful with his words when speaking about North Korea.

McCain is quoted as saying, “I think that the rotund ruler in Pyonyang is not crazy but he certainly is ready to go to the brink. The great leaders that I have seen they don’t threaten unless they are ready to act. And I’m not sure that President Trump is ready to act.”

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