Earlier today TFPP reported that US intelligence analysts have determined that North Korea possesses a nuclear warhead capable of fitting inside an intercontinental ballistic missile, and is currently at work on a delivery system for such a weapon. Now, President Donald Trump has responded with a blistering message of what using that weapon would mean for the rogue government.
CNN reports that the president declared that further North Korean threats to the United States will be met with an unprecedented military response:
TRUMP: 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. 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.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 8, 2017
After many years of failure,countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea. We must be tough & decisive!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2017
Today the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake noted that North Korea’s continued belligerence could present Trump’s biggest test yet as commander in chief, as the regime essentially dares Trump to enforce his red line against its nuclear ambitions:
“It won’t happen!” Trump tweeted in January. National security adviser H.R. McMaster also said as recently as this weekend that North Korea having nuclear weapons that could threaten the United States would be “intolerable, from the president’s perspective.” The DIA report is dated July 28, more than a week before McMaster made those comments.
“The president has been very clear about it: He said he’s not going to tolerate North Korea being able to threaten the United States,” McMaster told Hugh Hewitt on MSNBC.
McMaster said the list of possible responses to that “includes a military option.” As The Post’s report indicates, plenty of other options also are on the table, including new multilateral negotiations and putting U.S. battlefield nuclear weapons back on the Korean Peninsula.