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AUGUST 11, 2017
President Trump made his message and the will of the US clear. President Trump's warning of coming "fire and fury" was meant to send "a strong message" to North Korean despot Kim Jong Un, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday. Tillerson said Trump's brawny rhetoric putting the rogue regime on notice was needed, given North Korea's disregard of international alarm over the country's nuke program.
"I think what the president was doing was sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesnt seem to understand diplomatic language," Tillerson said while en route to Guam, the U.S. territory specifically threatened by Kim Jong Un on Tuesday. "I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime that the U.S. has an unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies and I think it was important that he deliver that message to avoid any miscalculation on their part."
Tillerson's comments come as Japan is marking
the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki amid threats of
a new bombing in the region resulting from the growing tension between
the U.S. and North Korea. Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue said the fear
of another bomb attack is not in the distant future and urged nuclear states
to abandon their weapons. He criticized Japan's national government, being
under the U.S. nuclear umbrella, for not contributing to the U.N. nuclear
arms ban treaty.