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AUGUST 9, 2017

     America is safe with President Trump at the helm - Obama is gone. President Donald Trump responded to reports of North Korea's nuclear threats on Tuesday, saying the regime "will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before." Speaking from New Jersey, Trump also said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "has been very threatening beyond a normal state," adding that the regime "best not make any more threats to the United States."

     The president's comments follow a report that North Korea has produced a compact nuclear warhead that can be placed inside one of its advanced missiles – which are already believed to be capable of reaching half of the United States. Fox News has confirmed the report, which first appeared in The Washington Post.  The jarring assessment was prepared in July by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The Post was read parts of the DIA analysis and the document was verified by other U.S. officials, the newspaper reported. Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, made similar comments to Congress in May.

     “Kim was also photographed beside a nuclear warhead design and missile airframes to show that North Korea has warheads small enough to fit on a missile," Coats said at the time.  “The [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” an excerpt of the DIA analysis stated.  Further, it is now believed that dictator Kim Jong Un may control up to 60 nuclear weapons. The DIA report echoed some of the evaluations made in a lengthy Japanese defense white paper also revealed on Tuesday.
 

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