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Trump toughens warning on North Korea, despite bipartisan criticism

NEW YORK — President Trump refused to back down Thursday from his provocative threat to rain down “fire and fury” on North Korea if it endangers the United States, despite bipartisan criticism — and he argued that perhaps he was not harsh enough. Trump spoke at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., where he is spending much of the month on a working vacation. While his advisers have tried to modulate his original comment, made Tuesday in response to North Korean threats, Trump suggested he had no reason to back off. North Korea has reacted with threats of its own, warning that it might launch a missile strike toward the Pacific island of Guam, which is U.S. territory, as early as this month, and adding that it was capable of starting a nuclear war that might reach the continental United States. North Korea recently tested intercontinental ballistic missiles for the first time and has been reported to be making progress toward equipping them with nuclear warheads. For all the bellicose words, Trump said Thursday that he was open to negotiations, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged North Korea to engage in talks. [...] the president expressed skepticism that they would lead to a reasonable outcome, given the experiences of his predecessors, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, none of whom were able to resolve the issue through negotiations.

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