North Korea responded to threats from U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday by threatening a strike on the U.S. territory of Guam.
The new threats came hours after Trump warned that “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. . . . They will be met with the fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
Trump’s threats could only be seen as threats of a nuclear strike, considering “the likes of which this world has never seen before” implies something greater than America’s use of the atomic bomb on Japan during World War II.
North Korea said it is “carefully examining” a plan to strike Guam, and the plan will be “put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment” pending a decision by the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) criticized Trump for his words.
Earlier Tuesday, it was reported that North Korea had successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead to mount a ballistic missile. Experts said North Korea still had yet to reach the capability to accurately launch a nuclear strike, however.
The exchange of threats recalls a tweet sent our by then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton multiple times throughout the 2016 election: “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons.”
A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 31, 2016
In the final weeks of the campaign, Clinton warned of the danger she believed Trump posed to the world if he were elected.
“I’m the last thing standing between you and the apocalypse,” she said on October 11.
Earlier in the day – after news of North Korea’s successful with miniaturized nuclear warheads surfaced – Trump tweeted out attacks on the “AmazonWashingtonPost and the FailingNewYorkTimes” for not covering the story “the Clinton/Lynch secret meeting in plane” – a story that was covered extensively in last summer’s campaign.
Trump also tweeted out attacks on “the Fake News Suppression Polls,” after a new poll showed his approval ratings had dropped to 32%, with most of the slippage coming from his own Republican base.
Before those tweets, Trump did tweet that “We must be tough & decisive!” on North Korea’s threats.