Welp. That’s it, folks. It was nice knowing you.
Today, President Trump threatened to rain down holy hell upon North Korea, promising “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
“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 said in a short statement to reporters before a meeting on the opioid crisis at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“He has been very threatening, beyond a normal statement,” Trump said of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un. “And as I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
Lets see: A man with no impulse control who has the nuclear codes at the tip of his tiny fingers. A Russian investigation that is begging for a major distraction. A Republican base who gets off on sabre rattling. And a psychotic dictator who will refuse to back down.
Watch Trump mouth off, below:
Trump’s ultimatum, which mirrors North Korea’s rhetoric toward the United States, came as U.S. intelligence officials reportedly learned that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could be placed on a missile, a significant step in advancing its nuclear program.
A few hours after Trump’s news conference, North Korea’s official KCNA news agency carried a series of statements from military spokesmen responding to the president’s rhetoric. Using bombastic language typical to KCNA statements, a spokesman claimed that Pyonyang was “carefully examining” plans to launch missiles at the U.S. island territory of Guam.
In a separate post, another North Korean military spokesman warned that “war is by no means a game” and claimed that “U.S. war-thirsty forces are engrossed in war hysteria without discretion.” KCNA also published a post titled “U.S. Reckless War Frenzy Slammed,” in which the propaganda arm blamed Washington for making plans to carry out a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.
In recent weeks, the country has also claimed that it successfully tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles, which may be capable of reaching Alaska.
U.S. intelligence officials do not know whether North Korea has tested the miniaturized warhead yet, according to NBC News and The Washington Post.
On Monday, North Korea issued a similarly strong threat to the U.S.
“Should the U.S. pounce upon the DPRK with military force at last, the DPRK is ready to teach the U.S. a severe lesson with its strategic nuclear force,” foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said in a statement, referring to North Korea.
(Fiery pics via Pixebay)
UPDATE: North Korea reacts by threatening to bomb Guam.
— Sangwon Yoon (@sangwonyoon) August 8, 2017