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Maybe 'fire and fury' warning to North Korea 'wasn't tough enough'

Iran Press TV

Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:42PM

US President Donald Trump has issued another apocalyptic warning to North Korea, saying his previous threat to hit the country with American "fire and fury" maybe "wasn't tough enough."

During a lengthy exchange with reporters at his golf club in New Jersey on Thursday, Trump said, "It's about time someone stood up for the people of our country."

Responding to North Korea's rejection of his warning as "nonsense," Trump said that "maybe it wasn't tough enough."

"They've been doing this to our country for a long time, many years," he said. "It's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. So if anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough."

Trump told reporters that they will see what is "tougher" than "fire and fury."

"And we're backed 100 percent by our military, we're backed by everybody and we're backed by many other leaders," he said.

"And I noticed that many senators and others came out today very much in favor of what I said. But if anything that statement may not be tough enough," he added.

When asked if the United States could launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea, Trump said that "we don't talk about that."

He called on North Korea to "get its act together" or it would be punished "like few nations have ever been."

"The people of our country are safe. Our allies are safe," he said. "And I will tell you this North Korea better get their act together or they're going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world."

Trump also asked China to do "a lot more" to pressure North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program. "I think China can do a lot more. I think China will do a lot more."

On Tuesday, Trump said the US would rain "fire and fury" on North Korea, which some said could "only be interpreted" as a nuclear threat.

In response of Trump's dire warning, North Korea said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike the American Pacific territory of Guam with missiles.

The North Korean military said it could carry out a pre-emptive strike if there were signs of an American provocation.

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