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>> U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday giving North Korea his most aggressive warning to date.>> North Korea best not make anymore threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.>> Just hours after those comments, North Korea state run news agency saying the DPRK is seriously considering a plan to strike the U.S. territory of Guam with missiles.
But Reuters National Security Editor John Walcott says it's likely more tough talk than anything else.>> It's loud rhetoric and it attracts attention. It puffs him up the same way that kind of rhetoric puffs any number of world leaders up. It doesn't mean he's about to do it, and frankly I would not pay a lot of attention to the suggestion from President Trump, that if Kim continues to threaten, it's going to be met with fire and fury.
Because that would produce a war that would claim hundreds of thousands of lives in South Korea, probably in Japan, maybe in Guam, certainly in Okinawa, without Kim even using nuclear weapons. So, we have two leaders here talking about attacks that would be catastrophic. This is more hysteria than it is anything else.
>> The other big development on Tuesday coming from the Washington Post, which said officials from one U.S. Intelligence Agency believed that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles. But Walcott says North Korea still has a long way to go.>> There are serious doubts about whether the North Koreans have really succeeded in miniaturizing a weapon that's usable.
They haven't tested one and they're missing the other crucial ingredients of a credible nuclear weapons program, a rocket that has proven that it can carry a nuclear warhead into space, a guidance system capable of delivering that weapon where it's supposed to go, and most important of all, a warhead design and nose cone that can survive re-entry from space into the Earth's atmosphere.
They don't have any of those components. They haven't tested them. So the North Koreans are perhaps not as close to being a threat to Los Angeles or Seattle as that initial report seems to suggest.>> 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.