Watch: 'Fire and fury' - Donald Trump launches extraordinary broadside at North Korea, who threaten to fire missiles at Guam

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President Donald Trump warned North Korea that it could face "fire and fury" after a new report said US intelligence believes Pyongyang has successfully produced a nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.

North Korea fired off its own "serious warning to the United States" about "enveloping" America's Pacific territory of Guam in missile fire to counteract US bombers that are based there and fly over South Korea — and "get on the nerves" of the North.

Washington's alarm over North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's pursuit of a nuclear capability has intensified after the North conducted two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.

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The latest report that it has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead would mean North Korea has passed a key threshold in becoming a full-fledged nuclear power.

It comes after reports North Korea developed a miniaturised nuclear weapon.
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"North Korea had best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," Trump said during a briefing on opioid addiction at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Japan's Defense Ministry concluded in an annual white paper released overnight that "it is possible that North Korea has achieved the miniaturisation of nuclear weapons and has developed nuclear warheads." Japan, a key US ally, is also a potential target of North Korean aggression.

A report in The Washington Post overnight went further.

The newspaper said US intelligence officials have assessed that a decade after North Korea's first nuclear test explosion, Pyongyang has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, including by intercontinental missiles — the type capable of reaching the continental US.

The Post story, citing unnamed US intelligence officials, said the confidential analysis was completed last month by the US Defense Intelligence Agency.

The US also calculated last month that North Korea has up to 60 nuclear weapons, the Post said, more than double most assessments by independent experts.

Officials at the agency would not comment on the report. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has not commented.

The UN Security Council this weekend slapped its toughest sanctions yet on North Korea over its latest test of a ballistic missile that could be used to deliver a nuclear weapon.

Despite the rapid tempo of these tests, uncertainty has lingered over the isolated nation's ability to couple such a missile with a nuclear device.

Those uncertainties appear to be receding.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

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