‘Fire and fury like world has never seen’

Trump makes threat over North Korea nukes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

With crossed arms and a cold stare, Don­ald Trump ut­tered the most threat­en­ing words of his pres­i­dency, warn­ing of a strike of un­prece­dented power against North Korea in an es­ca­lat­ing nu­clear-themed stand­off.

He de­liv­ered that warn­ing af­ter re­ports that North Korea had crossed a key thresh­old in be­com­ing a full-fledged nu­clear power, with its al­leged new abil­ity to fit a minia­tur­ized nu­clear war­head atop a long-range mis­sile.

A re­porter asked the pres­i­dent about this de­vel­op­ment dur­ing an un­re­lated meeting about the opi­oid cri­sis at the golf club where Trump is en­joy­ing a 17-day hol­i­day. Trump stared at the as­sem­bled cam­eras and raised the stakes.

“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,’’ Trump said.

“(North Korea’s leader) has been very threat­en­ing be­yond a nor­mal state­ment and, as I said, they will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen be­fore.’’

Those words came as a jolt. Even the stock mar­ket ap­peared to freeze af­ter a days-long rally, with a dip Tues­day af­ter­noon. A del­uge of so­cial-me­dia com­men­tary fol­lowed, and it ranged from dark hu­mour to straightup state­ments of alarm.

A North Korean de­fec­tor and jour­nal­ist pre­dicted some of th­ese de­vel­op­ments sev­eral weeks ago in an email ex­change with The Canadian Press. Writ­ing through a trans­la­tor, North Korea-raised Seoul jour­nal­ist Joo Sung-ha said the regime was very close to gain­ing nu­cle­artipped in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump speaks about North Korea dur­ing a brief­ing on the opi­oid cri­sis, Tues­day.

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