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Trump says North Korea warning wasn't "strong enough"

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by Joseph Earnest August 10, 2017


Newscast Media WASHINGTONPresident Trump has said that North Korea should be "very, very nervous" if it does anything to the US. This follows two days of Washington and Pyongyang trading barbs, including a North Korean threat to attack Guam.

The Donald doubled down on his comments to North Korea on Thursday, saying that his "fire and fury" warning on Monday maybe "wasn't tough enough."

"It's about time somebody stuck up for the people of this country and the people of other countries, so maybe that statement wasn't tough enough," Trump told reporters during his vacation at his New Jersey golf resort before meeting with national security advisers.

He said that Pyongyang "better get their act together or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble."

Trump added that North Korea should be "very, very nervous" if it launches an attack "on anyone we represent, or our allies or us."

Despite sticking to his combative tone, Trump said Washington will "always consider negotiations" with Pyongyang.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday warned of the disastrous consequences a war with North Korea would have.

"The American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results and I want to stay right there right now," said Mattis during a California event.

"The tragedy of war is well-enough know it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic."

However, when asked if Washington was ready to address North Korea's threat, he replied: "We're ready."

North Korean military officials said on Thursday that plans to launch missiles towards the US island territory of Guam will be ready by mid-August. Afterwards, they will be presented to the country's leader Kim Jong Un.

The plans called for four intermediate-range missiles to land in the sea 30-40 km (18-25 miles) from Guam, according to North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency.  

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Source: Deutsche Welle














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