BEDMINSTER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – President Donald Trump issued a blunt warning to North Korea Tuesday afternoon.
The North Korean president answered Tuesday night by threatening a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean.
“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. He has been very threatening, beyond a normal statement,” Trump said. “They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before.”
As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, Trump issued the warning late Tuesday afternoon from his golf course in Bedminster. He sat with arms folded as he issued the warning to North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.
On Tuesday night, North Korea verbally fired back – saying it is examining plans for attacking Guam to contain U.S. bases there.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense said late Tuesday that there was no change in the threat level on the island.
“As of this morning, we have not changed our stance in confidence that the U.S. Department of Defense is monitoring this situation very closely and is maintaining a condition of readiness, daily,” Guam Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros said in a news release. “We will continue to keep the public updated on any changes or requests for action. For now, we advise the community to remain calm, remember that there are defenses in place for threats such as North Korea and to continue to remain prepared for all hazards.”
Trump made the comments amid reports that U.S. intelligence has concluded that North Korea has developed the ability to build a nuclear warhead that could fit on top of a ballistic missile — including an intercontinental missile that can reach the United States, according to CBS News’ David Martin.
“The president was sending out a very strong, deterrent signal to North Korea — a strong deterrent message not even to consider using nuclear weapons,” said Long Island U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) “If they do, they will literally be demolished from the face of the earth.”
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) said Trump is not helping the situation with his “bombastic comments.”
CBS2’s Jessica Layton asked King about the likelihood of the war of words turning into an actual war.
“To me there’s more of a chance of war if the U.S. does not stand strong,” King said. “We have to be very concerned about North Korea’s nuclear potential, and it could come sooner than later.”
North Korea is lashing out at the U.S. over tough new sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council. The UN sanctions ban major North Korean exports such as coal and iron – in an effort to starve the regime of the money to pay for its nuclear weapon and missile program.
The money is also used to pay the powerful elites and generals who in turn do not challenge Kim Jong Un.
“The North Korean regime is going to have to make a choice,” said North Korea sanctions expert Anthony Ruggiero. “They’re not going to be able to continue their programs and keep their elites happy and keep the military happy. They’re going to have to start making choices that they haven’t had to choose before.”
North Korea’s most famous news anchor defiantly announced that the north will not put its weapons on the negotiating table despite what it calls “fabricated” UN sanctions.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Asia this week. He is urging other nations to help enforce the sanctions.
The UN ambassador said they are the most severe ever imposed on Pyongyang.