During a surprise trip to Guam, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said Americans should be concerned about North Korea’s latest threats to attack the Pacific island, and backed up President Trump’s “fire a fury” comments from a day before.
He said President Trump was just “sending a message in language Kim Jong-un can understand.”
“The global community has expressed its view that North Korea needs to stand down this program. I think in response to that the North Korean’s rhetoric has ratcheted up louder and louder and more threatening,” he said. “So I think what the President is doing is sending a strong message in language that Kim Jong-un can understand because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language.”
Tillerson added that nothing about the situation with North Korea has dramatically changed in the last day, saying “Americans should sleep well at night.”
“I have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days. I think the President again, as commander-in-chief, he felt it necessary to issue a very strong statement directly to North Korea,” he said.