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Tillerson says Trump wanted to send 'strong message' to North Korea

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 01:38

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Trump’s warning of “fire and fury” against North Korea was intended to prevent Pyongyang from miscalculating, and says Americans should “sleep well at night”. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday (August 9) 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. Tillerson said he had never considered changing his travel plans in light of the North Korean threat. "I never considered rerouting the trip back and I do not believe that there is any imminent threat in my own view," Tillerson said.

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Tillerson says Trump wanted to send 'strong message' to North Korea

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 01:38