Trump Warns of 'Fire and Fury' as Report Indicates North Korea Can Put Nuke on ICBM
WASHINGTON -- Reports from U.S. and Japanese intelligence that North Korea has miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit atop an intercontinental ballistic missile sparked a warning of "fire and fury" retaliation from President Trump and a comparison to the Cuban Missile Crisis from a House Republican.
A new 500-page-plus white paper from Japan's defense ministry found that Kim Jong-un's ballistic missile and nuclear programs had “advanced considerably" and "are becoming increasingly real and imminent problems for the Asia-Pacific region including Japan, as well as the rest of the world."
“It is conceivable that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has already considerably advanced and it is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons into warheads and has acquired nuclear warheads," the report, which the Guardian described as "vague," said.
The Washington Post today reported on a confidential assessment from the Defense Intelligence Agency that found North Korea has miniaturized warheads. Kim has up to 60 nuclear weapons in his arsenal, though experts vary on the exact estimate.
“The IC [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” the assessment states, according to the Post.
At the conclusion of the president's comments about opioid addiction during a roundtable meeting on the crisis at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., Trump was asked about the report.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," Trump replied. "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."
Earlier today, North Korea slammed new unanimous UN Security Council sanctions designed to squeeze the regime's natural resources export revenue as "an outright challenge" to Kim's power.
"As we've already said, we'll take a stern action of justice, as long as the U.S. has ultimately produced the UNSC resolution aimed at violating our sovereignty and rights to survival and development. We're ready to use the last resort of any kind without hesitation," said a government statement issued by the official Korean Central News Agency.
"The countries that the U.S. thanked for colluding in working out the villainous sanctions resolution… can never shirk responsibility for further aggravating the situation on the Korean Peninsula and putting the regional peace and security at risk," Pyongyang added of their trade partners Russia and China.
KCNA responded to Trump's "fire and fury" vow by announcing they're "carefully examining" plans to strike Guam. The state-run media said the plan could be "put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment" if Kim gives the green light.