Trump Vows North Korea Could be Met With 'Fire and Fury'

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley votes during a Security Council meeting on a new sanctions resolution on North Korea on 5 August

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his USA counterpart, Donald Trump, agreed to apply maximum pressure and sanctions on North Korea in a telephone call on Monday, while China expressed hope that North and South Korea could resume contact soon.

"And as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly, power... the likes of which this world has never been seen before".

North Korea vowed yesterday that tough new UN sanctions would not stop it from developing its nuclear arsenal, rejecting talks and angrily threatening retaliation against the United States.

Late last month, North Korea proved its missile capabilities have reached a point where US cities are within "target range". Only 21 percent say they would support an agreement that saw North Korea halt its nuclear program but not give up its existing weapons (17 percent of Republicans and 26 percent of Democrats).

North Korea has tested ICBMs in recent weeks, though a video analysis of a launch last month showed the missile caught fire on reentry.

Officials at the agency have not commented.

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Japan's Defense Ministry concluded in an annual white paper released Tuesday that "it is possible that North Korea has achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons and has developed nuclear warheads".

The assessment was made by the Defense Intelligence Agency last month, the paper said, marking another alarming development in the communist country's pursuit of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles that can reach the USA mainland.

When the conditions are right, the two sides can sit and discuss the future of North Korea "so that they feel secure and prosper economically", he told reporters in Manila earlier Monday.

"After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea", Trump said.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump highlighted his administration's success in leading the UN Security Council to unanimously pass sanctions on North Korea. "We must be tough & decisive!", the United States leader wrote on Twitter.

Trump's comments came at a meeting at his Bedminster golf club, where he was leading a briefing on opioid addiction, according to the Associated Press.

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