WASHINGTON (KGTV) — President Donald Trump tweeted concerning North Korea, "there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!" But he added: "Hopefully we will never have to use this power."
...Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017
President Trump said he had pushed to "renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal," adding: "Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!"
These comments surface in the wake of escalating threats from North Korea. Trump's secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, insists Americans should have "no concerns" about the fiery threats, insisting Wednesday he doesn't believe there is "any imminent threat," saying, "Americans should sleep well at night."
Tillerson's response to Trump's warning to North Korea that it would be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," is that Trump was trying to send a strong and clear message to Pyongyang so that there wouldn't be "any miscalculation."
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"What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un can understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language," Tillerson said. "I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime on the U.S. unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies."
Sec. of State Tillerson says nothing has "dramatically changed in the last 24 hours" on North Korea: "Americans should sleep well at night." pic.twitter.com/zS2B518kDO
— ABC News (@ABC) August 9, 2017
"Nothing that I have seen and nothing that I know of would indicate that the situation has dramatically changed in the last 24 hours," Tillerson said.
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Tillerson claims North Korea's escalating threats reveal they're feeling the pressure from a successful U.S. strategy.
Associated Press contributed to this report.