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>> US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, giving North Korea his most aggressive warning to date.>> 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 and as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.
>> Trumps comments coming after a report from the Washington Post that said US intelligence officials in a confidential assessment believe that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles. A crucial step to becoming a full fledged nuclear power. The findings mean the threat posed by North Korea appears to be advancing far more rapidly than experts had thought.
North Korea also outpacing expectations in its effort to build an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking cities in the continental US. Washington has warned it is ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea's progress with nuclear weapons, but has said it prefers global diplomatic action, including sanctions.
The UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution over the weekend, banning North Korea exports of coal, metals and seafood, meant to press the country to renounce its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. That prompting an angry response from Pyongyang, which said it was ready to give Washington a, quote, severe lesson with its strategic nuclear force in retaliation to any US military action.