President Donald Trump warned North Korea that it could face "fire and fury" after a new report Tuesday said US intelligence believes Pyongyang has successfully produced a nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.
"He [Kim Jong-un] has been very threatening, beyond a normal state", Trump said.
"They will be met with fire, fury, and frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before", the president said at a briefing on opioid addiction at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J.
The US is also reconsidering the size of missiles that South Korea can obtain as well as bolstering its defense capabilities, Reuters reports, citing the Pentagon.
Hours earlier, North Korea vowed to retaliate against the USA for the UN Security Council's adoption Saturday of fresh sanctions against the country.
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Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said over the weekend that "all options" are on the table to deal with North Korea.
Earlier, Trump expressed pleasure with "Russia's and China's cooperation" with the U.S. against North Korea in adopting the UNSC resolution targeting key North Korean exports.
A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a question about whether Trump's retweet amounted to a confirmation of Fox's story, which was attributed to unnamed "U.S. officials with knowledge of the latest intelligence in the region".
The North's statement came two days after the UN Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions to punish the North including a ban on coal and other exports worth over $US1 billion (A$1.26 billion).
A Japanese defence paper and a USA media report said Tuesday that North Korea may have successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.
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It also points to more evidence that North Korea isn't listening to the diplomatic threats from the West.
"After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea", he tweeted Tuesday morning. The Trump administration, which ostentatiously announced this year that it was ending the Obama administration's policy of "strategic patience", now seems willing to wait for at least some period of time to see if the new sanctions lead North Korea to reconsider that position.
Mr Trump has repeatedly complained about leaks of government information to the press.
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