President says military strike would not be ‘preferred option’ but he is prepared to pursue it if needed: ‘If we take that option, it will be devastating’

Donald Trump vowed to “fix the mess” over North Korea’s nuclear program one day after the country’s foreign minister claimed that the US president had declared war in a tweet and threatened to shoot down American bombers in international airspace.

Trump also said on Tuesday that any US military attack would be “devastating” as his administration sought to turn up the economic pressure with new sanctions punishing North Korean banks and their workers.

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