U.S. President Donald Trump continued his inflammatory rhetoric aimed at North Korea on Thursday, saying that comments made earlier in the week may not have been “tough enough”.
Trump stepped up Washington’s posturing on Tuesday, saying North Korea would be met with “fire and fury” should it continue to threaten the United States.
Speaking to reporters outside his New Jersey golf club two days later, the President doubled down on the remarks.
“If anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough,” Trump said.
“The people of this country should be very comfortable, and I will tell you this: If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack, of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous.”
When asked what would be tougher than the “fire and fury” comments, the President said “you’ll see”. Trump also did not rule out the idea of a preemptive strike on North Korea, but would not be drawn into discussing the details of any military plans.
The President added Washington will always consider negotiations with North Korea, though also signaled the Trump administration’s current frustration with its predecessor’s diplomatic approaches towards the DPRK.
“They’ve been negotiating now for 25 years. Look at Clinton… Look what happened with Bush, looked what happened with Obama.” Trump said.
“Obama didn’t even want to talk about it. But I talk, someone has to do it.”
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday attempted to play down the President’s previous remark, saying that Americans should have no concerns about the back and forth between Washington and Pyongyang.
A few hours after Trump’s Tuesday comments, North Korea claimed it was drawing up plans to attack U.S. military facilities on Guam with intermediate range ballistic missiles. The DPRK also continued to threaten “all out war” should it face any military interventions.
The DPRK reiterated its intentions a day later, saying the country’s Strategic Force was in the final stages of developing a plan to strike the island, which is home to U.S. military assets and missile defense systems.
It also dismissed Trump’s threat of “fire and fury” as “a load of nonsense.”
Edited by Oliver Hotham
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