Donald Trump has warned North Korea it could face even more than “fire and fury” if it continues to escalate tensions with the US – warning the hermit state it should be “very, very nervous”.
As the impasse over Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions continued to widen, the US president fired off his latest threat to leader Kim Jong-un.
Just days after his sharpest rebuke, Trump went a step further on Thursday by claiming his “fire and fury” comments might not be “tough enough”.
His statement came as the stand-off between the US and North Korean leaders reached its newest height.
And the president did not appear intimidated by a North Korean warning that it was willing to fire missiles at Guam – a strategic US Pacific island – stating that any US response to hostilities should leave the one-party state “very, very nervous”.
Speaking outside the White House, Trump said there were “no mixed messages” going out to North Korea.
“It [a US reaction] may be tougher than I said it, not less,” the president warned.
He continued: “The people of this country should be very comfortable.
“If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack – of anybody that we love, or we represent, or our allies, or us – they can be very, very nervous.
“And they should be very nervous. Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible.”
Trump also predict that the newest sanctions against North Korea, passed by the UN Security Council over the weekend, will likely be “not as effective” as intended.
“North Korea better get their act together, or they are going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world.”