Pres. Trump Threatens North Korea Following Advances on Nuclear Weapons

North Korea appears to have made strides toward its goal to build a weapon that could strike the U.S.

And as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to rise, President Trump has threatened to send North Korea message "in a language that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can understand."

That’s according to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who says the president wanted to make it clear that the U.S. can and will defend itself and its allies against any attack.

The warning comes after a report leaked from the Pentagon that North Korea crossed a major threshold in making a nuclear weapon that could hit the U.S.

The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency estimates North Korea could have a nuclear weapon as early as next year.

In a statement, North Korea says they are examining a plan to strike an air force base in Guam, a U.S. territory, with ballistic missiles.

The statement appears to have been written before President Trump threatened fire and fury on North Korea.

But the Trump Administration is hopeful that the new U.N. economic sanctions will help resolve the situation.