US President Donald Trump has issued a stark warning to Kim Jong-un after reports that North Korea has developed miniaturized nuclear warheads to fit on ICBMs.
At a press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Tuesday, Trump warned Pyongyang “best not make any more threats to the US.“
North Korea will be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” said President Trump, in the face of new intelligence reports.
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un “has been very threatening beyond a normal state,” Trump said, adding “they will be met with the fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,” before concluding his remarks by saying “thank you.”
The latest round of saber-rattling comes as reports surface from Japanese and US intelligence indicating that North Korea has finally obtained nuclear capable ICBMs.
US intelligence analysts have informed the Washington Post that the Defense Intelligence Agency completed an assessment in July indicating North Korea has achieved its goal of building ballistic missile-equipped nukes. A white paper from Tokyo leaked Tuesday indicates Japanese intelligence has come to a similar conclusion.
The “IC [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery,” according to the report shared with the US media outlet. This capability includes “delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” the DIA report says.
In a separate 500-page report, the Japanese Defense Ministry said Pyongyang’s “development of ballistic missiles and its nuclear programme are becoming increasingly real and imminent problems for the Asia-Pacific region including Japan, as well as the rest of the world.”
It is “conceivable,” Japanese analysts said, that “North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has already considerably advanced and it is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons into warheads.”
US Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva recently advocated for the US to expand its own arsenal of mini, or low-yield, nukes.