President Donald Trump gave his most direct and poignant warning toward North Korea on Tuesday regarding ongoing missile and nuclear tests that can be compared with Truman’s Hiroshima Statement.
Trump’s warning of coming “fire and fury” was meant to send “a strong message” to North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday.
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.
Trump’s words, while they did not mention a specific type of attack or a nuclear bomb, did appear similar to the phrasing used by former President Harry Truman after he announced to the country and the world that the U.S. had dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.
Speaking Tuesday at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump vowed to unleash “fire” and “fury.” He said North Korea’s threats of nuclear war “will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before.”
A statement attributed North Korea’s General Kim Rak Gyom, the head of the country’s strategic forces, declared: “Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him”.
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.
“As the only country in the world to have suffered wartime atomic bombings, I urge the Japanese government to reconsider the policy of relying on the nuclear umbrella and join the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty at the earliest possible opportunity,” Taue added.
He also commented on recent fears of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.”The international situation surrounding nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly tense,” Taue said. “A strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe that in the not too distant future these weapons could actually be used again.”