Saying the gathering might represent “the calm before the storm”, while posing for photos with military leaders, U.S. President Donald Trump offered cryptic remarks on Thursday.
Ahead of a dinner expected to include the discussion of a range of national security issues, he made the comments among senior military leaders and their spouses in the White House State Dining Room.
“You guys know what this represents?” Trump asked assembled members of the media. “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.”
Trump said, “You’ll find out” when he was repeatedly asked by reporters to clarify his comments.
Trump said his administration was focused on “challenges that we really should have taken care of a long time ago, like North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, ISIS, and the revisionist powers that threaten our interests all around the world”, during a meeting with military leaders earlier in the afternoon.
Many conclude that the remarks were targeted at North Korea, which has antagonized the U.S. president with a series of nuclear and ballistic-missile tests and during those remarks, the president also appeared to issue a vague threat toward the regime in that rogue nation.
“We cannot allow this dictatorship to threaten our nation or our allies with unimaginable loss of life,” Trump said. “We will do what we must do to prevent that from happening. And it will be done, if necessary — believe me.”
Earlier in August this year, Trump warned that North Korea will face a devastating military strike if it continues threatening the U.S. and his latest remarks echoed comments he had made at that point in time.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump told reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey at the time. “They will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
Little Rocket Man is the label that Trump has given to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the U.S. President rebuked his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on Sunday, saying he “is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.” Tillerson told reporters that the U.S. was talking to North Korea “directly, through our own channels” a day earlier in Beijing.
Trump also is expected to soon announce his decision on whether to “decertify” the Iran nuclear accord in the coming days, which would prompt a congressional review period on the accord
(Adapted from Bloomberg)