Trump tweets backhanded warning to North Korea, mentions upgraded USA nuclear arsenal

12 August, 2017, 16:08 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • US Defense Secretary issues stark warning to North Korea

The lawmakers said they were grateful that Tillerson has said the United States does not seek war or a change in regime in North Korea. "Don't believe the Fake News Suppression Polls!"

"What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand", he said.

Trump also warned if Kim followed through on plans to strike Guam, the USA response "will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before".

Republican Senator Dan Sullivan said a preemptive strike against the North Korean regime would require congressional approval.

Trump on Tuesday threatened "fire and fury" if North Korea made more threats to the U.S. And North Korea's military said it was examining plans for attacking Guam.

"Donald Trump, it seems to me, is growing ever more irrational and belligerent, shoot from the hip, and we have to bear in mind that in the context of these North Korean remarks that the president has nuclear weapons in his holster", Humphrey said.

"President Trump has basically drawn a red line". "In fairness, there has not been time for such plans to have been prepared, reviewed and implemented, so this is not a surprise", he said. Lindsey Graham says Trump isn't going to just "contain the threat".

North Korea, which is pursuing missile and nuclear weapons programmes in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, also accused the United States of devising a "preventive war" and said in another statement that any plans to execute this would be met with an "all-out war, wiping out all the strongholds of enemies, including the U.S. mainland".

Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said Trump's threat to North Korea "is reckless and shows a serious lack of judgment". "Nobody in the world, especially not North Korea, comes close to challenging our military capabilities".

The North is threatening the United States with the prospect of a nuclear-armed long-range missile, and Sen.

The letter comes amid news that North Korea declared a plan to launch a ballistic missiles toward the US territory of Guam - 4,000 miles west of Hawaii in the Pacific - where the USA has a significant military presence.

The South Korean capital, Seoul, is within range of massed North Korean rockets and artillery, which would be impossible to destroy in a first USA strike.

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