President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Thursday that "things will happen to them like they never thought possible" should the isolated country attack the United States or its allies after North did not agree on negotiating with their missile plans.
Trump told reporters here that his Tuesday statement threatening "fire and fury" may not have been "tough enough," even as he sought to reassure an anxious world that he has the situation under control.
“Frankly, the people who were questioning that statement - was it too tough? Maybe it wasn’t tough enough,” Trump said. “They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and 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.”
The threat to Guam, made after his initial "fire and fury" remarks, was "a whole new ballgame," Trump said. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "not getting away with it," he said, adding, "He's not going to be saying those things, and he's certainly not going to be doing those things."
"He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before, what will happen in North Korea," he said. "It's not a dare. It's a statement." Kim, Trump said, was "not going to go around threatening Guam and he's not going to threaten the United States and he's not going to threaten Japan and he's not going to threaten South Korea."
On Tuesday, Trump delivered an unusually bellicose threat to North Korea, warning that further provocations from Pyongyang "will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen." His language was improvised and had not been reviewed by his national security advisers or political aides.
The North Koreans laughed off his remarks, calling them a "load of nonsense" and outlining their plans to fire missiles into the waters off Guam, a strategically located Pacific island and home to U.S. military bases.