Trump intensifies rhetoric against N. Korea

President Trump on Wednesday ratcheted up his rhetoric against North Korea, pointing to the strength of the U.S. nuclear arsenal one day after warning Pyongyang of “fire and fury” if it continued its threats.

Trump said in a series of tweets that he hoped that the “power” of the U.S. nuclear arsenal would never have to be used.

He added that “there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world.”

Trump’s tweets come less than a day after he made a dire warning to North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

“He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, 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 said at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

Those provocative comments followed a report that North Korea crossed a major threshold in its quest to become a nuclear power by successfully producing a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit onto a missile.

After Trump’s comments, North Korea raised the possibility of missile strikes on Guam. The North’s state-run media warned Pyongyang would “turn the U.S. mainland into the theater of nuclear war” if it saw signs of a possible American attack.

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