By Danjuma Aliyu
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has defended the US President’s threat to fight North Korea with “fire and fury.”
America’s Commander in Chief, Donald Trump made the comment after Dictator Kim Jong Un announced that he was considering to unleash “enveloping fire” around U.S. territory of Guam airbase with medium to long range ballistic missiles.
Intelligence leak suggest that the North Korean ruler has produced nuclear warhead for its missiles. This means the North is now capable of hitting the United States at a faster rate than expected.
The US Secretary, who has just arrived in Guam, said Mr Trump was using tough language to send a strong message to President Jong Un, who did not understand diplomatic language.
“What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language,” Mr Tillerson said during an interview while on a refuelling stop at Guam.
“I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime that the U.S. has the 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.”
Mr Trump has also boasted about the power of the US military. In his tweet today, he said: “My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal.
“ It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before. 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!”