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

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

Trump, meanwhile, said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been "very threatening beyond a normal statement" and vowed strong repercussions if the nuclear threat continues.

Trump, who receives daily intelligence briefings, would presumably be in a position to know whether USA intelligence officials have reason to believe Kim Jong Un's regime in fact did load cruise missiles onto a patrol boat recently.

The Washington Post cited a confidential assessment by the US Defence Intelligence Agency that says North Korea crossed "a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power" with its ability to make miniaturised nuclear warheads.

Earlier this morning Trump took to Twitter to say that the United States needs to be "tough" on North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-un. "If it believes it is only North Korea rather than the USA and South Korea as well to blame for the nuclear issue, this ill-fitting mindset will not help solve the crisis", the nationalist publication said.

The survey also shows that about 90 percent of those questioned believe North Korea should not be allowed to create nuclear weapons, and that Americans overwhelmingly support sanctions against North Korea and businesses that do business with the hermit kingdom.

Also on Tuesday US president Donald Trump praised the global coalition coming together to pressure North Korea over its intercontinental ballistic missile launches "after many years of failure". North Korea claimed to have tested the smaller design past year, but that has not been confirmed.

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United States spy satellites have detected the North Korean military loading two anti-ship cruise missiles onto a boat on the east side of the country, according to a new report.

Separately, Japan's defense ministry assessed in a report on Tuesday that it is possible that North Korea has achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons and has developed nuclear warheads. The newspaper said US intelligence officials have assessed that a decade after North Korea's first nuclear test explosion, Pyongyang has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, including by intercontinental missiles - the type capable of reaching the continental U.S. We must be tough & decisive!'

"After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea".

Trump's comments came at a meeting at his Bedminster golf club, where he was leading a briefing on opioid addiction, according to the Associated Press.

Pyongyang would never place its nuclear programme on the negotiating table as long as the United States maintained a hostile policy against the North, the government statement reported by KCNA said.

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