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On Thursday, President Donald Trump defended his wording of a controversial threat he issued to North Korea on Tuesday, warning the communist regime that its additional threats would “be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

“Maybe it wasn't tough enough,” Trump said in response to a reporter's question about his previous threat. Trump portrayed his threat as a way of standing up for the people of the United States after a “long” period of North Korea badgering America.

“They've been doing this to our country for a long time,” Trump said, without naming anything in particular. “It's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries.”

On Wednesday, North Korea responded to Trump's threat by describing it as “nonsense.” In response, Trump told reporters he didn't think the country really meant what it said. “I don't think they mean that,” Trump said.

Trump's statement came nearly a day after the North Koreans announced they would soon complete a plan to strike the waters near Guam.