President Trump matched Kim Jong-un hyperbole for hyperbole Tuesday, answering the crazy fat kid boast for boast in a mutual pursuit of nuclear nouns, verbs and adjectives.
“Packs of wolves are coming in attack to strangle a nation,” the government in Pyongyang said. “They should be mindful that [North Korea’s] strategic steps accompanied by physical action will be taken mercilessly with the mobilization of all its national strength.”
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” the president, interrupting his working vacation, told reporters at his golf resort in New Jersey. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Mr. Kim’s threat was taken by intelligence and diplomatic sources as the strongest indication yet that North Korea is likely to conduct another nuclear weapon or missile test, as it has done on previous occasions in response to United Nations sanctions like those imposed this week.
The exchange of nuclear rhetoric followed the disclosure in The Washington Post, attributed to unidentified sources, that the Kim regime has finally perfected a miniaturized nuclear weapon that can be fitted inside a long-range missile capable of striking a target inside the United States.