President Donald Trump gave a blunt message to North Korea, warning the country not to make any more threats to the U.S.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," announced Trump during an event at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to CNN.
"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening -- beyond a normal statement -- and as I said, they will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power the likes of which the world has never seen before."
The day before Trump's remarks, North Korea released a statement through a government-run news agency responding to United Nations-approved sanctions meant to penalize the country for its nuclear and missile programs.
"It's a wild idea to think the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] will be shaken and change its position due to this kind of new sanctions formulated by hostile forces," said the statement, according to ABC News.
The notion that North Korea could possess nuclear weapons is intolerable to the president, according to National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
"The president has been very clear about it: He said he's not going to tolerate North Korea being able to threaten the United States," said McMaster on MSNBC, reports The Washington Post.
McMaster says he has considered a variety of courses of action that could be viable options in the event that North Korea does not relent in its efforts to escalate its weapons programs.
"Obviously, war is the most serious decision any leader has to make," said McMaster.
"And so, what can we do to make sure we exhaust our possibilities, and exhaust our other opportunities to accomplish this very clear objective of denuclearization of the peninsula, short of war?"
Former U.S. Forces Korea Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti told CNN in 2014 that he believed North Korea could miniaturize a nuclear warhead payload, enabling it to be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile.
"I believe they have the capability to have miniaturized a device at this point, and they have the technology to potentially actually deliver what they say they have," said Scaparrotti.
Despite reports of the progress on North Korea's nuclear program, Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York remained skeptical that such a weapon could reach the U.S. mainland in the immediate future.
"Assuming everything is true, including that intelligence assessment both existing and everything being accurate, there are still important unknowns," Zeldin told CNN.