Trump is increasing pressure on North Korea and has vowed to unleash "fire and fury" on Kim's regime as it threatens to fire missiles near the Pacific island of Guam, where the USA has a military base. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"
A new US intelligence assessment concludes that North Korea has developed the ability to build a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on top of a ballistic missile, including an intercontinental missile that can reach the U.S. On Thursday, he warned North Korea that if it "does anything" to the USA or its allies, "things will happen to them like they never thought possible". -South Korea military exercises will continue. Pacific territory of Guam. China, North Korea's only major ally, called on both countries to avoid the "old road" of escalating hostilities. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said today his government would back the US if North Korea attacked.
"The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons", Mattis said, referring to North Korea.More news: Dollar at eight-week low vs yen as North Korea tensions simmer
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Trump said earlier this week Kim was not going to get away with his "horrific" comments and disrespecting America. "He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before, what will happen in North Korea", Trump told reporters from the steps of his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., on Thursday.
"Let's see what he does with Guam". "If anything, maybe that statement [about "fire and fury"] wasn't tough enough", Trump said Thursday.
The threat itself came after Trump made his "fire and fury" warning, urging North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions. If the missiles are taken down, the United States will have achieved a crushing propaganda victory against North Korea.