President Trump on Thursday suggested his recent threat to meet North Korea with "fire and fury" if it does not stop menacing America may not have gone far enough.
"Maybe it wasn't tough enough," he said during a press conference in Bedminster, N.J. "They've been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years."
"And it's about time someone stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries," Trump added. "It's the first time they've heard it like they heard it."
"But I can tell you what they've been doing, and what they've been getting away with, is a tragedy. And it can't be allowed. If anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough."
Some people on Twitter Thursday criticized Trump for his blunt remarks about North Korea amid rising tensions between the communist nation and the U.S.
Other people on the social media platform praised Trump for speaking more sternly to North Korea, a nation that has long threatened to harm the U.S.
Trump also said Thursday that his statements were "backed 100 percent by our military" and "by many other leaders" around the world.
The president also declined comment on whether he would consider authorizing the military for a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.
"We don't talk about that," he said. "We never do. I'm not like the other administration that would say, 'We're going into Mosul, [Iraq] in four months.' I don't talk about it. We'll see what happens."
North Korea's military on Wednesday reportedly called Trump's warning that it must stop threatening the U.S. a "load of nonsense," adding only "absolute force" would work on the U.S. president.
The foreign power also said it would complete its strategy to attack the waters near the U.S. territory of Guam by mid-August and then wait for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's order to strike.
Trump on Tuesday insisted that North Korea "will be met with fire, fury and frankly power" should it keep making intimidating overtures to the U.S.
The Washington Post reported earlier Tuesday that North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead that can fit on a ballistic missile.
Trump has vowed he will not allow North Korea to acquire nuclear weapons capable of reaching the U.S., technology which the secretive country has long sought.
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