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Tillerson: Trump Tough Talk Aims to Send Message to North Korea

August 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump was trying to send a strong message to North Korea when he said it would face “fire and fury” if it threatened the United States.

Speaking to reporters before landing in Guam, a U.S.-held Pacific island that Pyongyang threatened to strike, Tillerson said North Korea’s rhetoric had ratcheted up in the face of international opposition to its nuclear program.

“So I think the president, 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,” Tillerson said.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu in Washington; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)