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Kim-and-TrumpUS President Donald Trump says North Korea "will be met with fire and fury" if it threatens the US.

 

His comments came after a Washington Post report, citing US intelligence officials, said Pyongyang had produced a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside its missiles.

 

This would mean the North is developing nuclear weapons capable of striking the US at a much faster rate than expected.

 

The UN recently approved further economic sanctions against the country.

 

The Security Council unanimously agreed to ban North Korean exports and limit investments, prompting fury from North Korea and a vow to make the "US pay a price".

 

The heated rhetoric between the two leaders intensified after Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in July, claiming it now had the ability to hit the US.

 

Mr Trump told reporters on Tuesday: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the US. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

 

It has previously been thought that the North was still years away from being able to fire a nuclear weapon, although it has long carried out separate nuclear tests and missile launches.

 

North Korea said on Monday, two days after the UN sanctions were passed, that it would continue with its nuclear weapons programme.

 

The state-run KCNA news agency said Pyongyang would "not put our self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table" while it faces threats from the US.

 

It threatened to make the US "pay the price for its crime... thousands of times," referring to America's role in drafting the UN sanctions resolution.



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