Trump warns North Korea of ‘fire and fury’

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Wash­ing­ton, US - Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump gave North Korea an apoc­a­lyp­tic warn­ing on Tues­day, say­ing it faced ‘fire and fury’ over its weapons pro­grammes, as Py­ongyang said it was con­sid­er­ing a mis­sile strike near the US ter­ri­tory of Guam.

Trump’s com­ments marked a sharp in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of Wash­ing­ton’s rhetoric over the North’s nu­clear and mis­sile pro­grammes - and his bel­li­cose tone trig­gered ex­pres­sions of con­cern from China as well as from US politi­cians and for­eign al­lies.

The lan­guage the pres­i­dent used echoed that adopted by Py­ongyang in its ha­bit­ual prom­ises to turn en­e­mies like South Korea into a ‘sea of flames’.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” said Trump, speak­ing from his golf club in New Jersey. ”They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

North Korea raised the stakes just hours later, say­ing it was

con­sid­er­ing mis­sile strikes near US strate­gic mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions on the Pa­cific US ter­ri­tory of Guam.

Once fi­nalised, the plan could be put into ac­tion at ‘any mo­ment’ once leader Kim Jong-Un made a de­ci­sion, the of­fi­cial Korean Cen­tral News Agency said.

Trump’s tone was markedly dif­fer­ent to Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son’s as­sur­ances last week that Wash­ing­ton was not seek­ing regime change in Py­ongyang, and his com­ments drew a mixed re­sponse at home and abroad.

The re­mote is­land of Guam is a key US mil­i­tary out­post and home to some 6,000 US troops.

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