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Trump on North Korea, from 'Rocket Man' to 'fire and fury'

President Trump warned North Korea that America’s nuclear capabilities are “much bigger [and] more powerful” than that of the Asian nation.

<p class="speakable">“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,'” Trump said in a Jan. 2 tweet. “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger &amp; more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”</p> Trump’s online remarks come after North Korea leader Kim Jong Un warned the U.S. in a speech that “the button for nuclear weapons is on my table.”
At the end of 2017, Trump designated North Korea a state sponsor of terror again. The "long overdue" designation will come with new sanctions on North Korea, Trump said during a Cabinet meeting. He said the country “has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil.” North Korea was on the list but was taken off by the Bush administration in 2008.
From calling on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to come to the table for negotiations regarding its nuclear weapons program to dubbing him “Rocket Man,” here’s a look at what Trump has said about North Korea over time. <h3><b>The U.S. is ‘locked and loaded’</b></h3> Trump <a href="">took to social media</a> on August 11 to proclaim that the U.S. military is “locked and loaded” in case “North Korea act[s] unwisely.”

‘Fire [and] fury’ isn’t ‘tough enough’

With the threat of nuclear violence growing, Trump warned North Korea on August 8 that he would unleash “fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.” But when tensions continued to rise and North Korea threatened to attack Guam, Trump said maybe that comment wasn’t “tough enough." "Let’s see what [Kim Jong Un] does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before – what will happen in North Korea," Trump said on August. 10. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump is "sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un can understand, because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language."

Kim Jong Un is ‘not getting away with it’

Trump also said this week that Kim Jong Un has “disrespected our country greatly.” “He has said things that are horrific. And with me, he’s not getting away with it,” Trump said. “He got away with it for a long time, between him and his family. He’s not getting away with it. It’s a whole new ball game.”

‘Strategic patience … is over’

After meeting with the South Korean president in Washington, D.C., in June, Trump said that the “era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed.”  “Frankly, that patience is over,” he said.