Trump's 'fire and fury' caught aides by surprise

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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's vow to respond with "fire and fury" if North Korea persisted in threatening the United States caught his foreign policy and military aides by surprise, two administration officials with direct knowledge of how the issue unfolded said.

"President Trump's comment was unplanned and spontaneous," said a senior administration official who deals with the North Korea issue and who requested anonymity.

The comment was "all Trump", said another administration official who, like the first, requested anonymity.

At an event on Tuesday, Mr Trump said: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen." - REUTERS

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