As per a senior U.S. official, Trump is said to decertify the Iran nuclear deal in the near future.
Emerging from a meeting with U.S. military leaders, U.S. President Donald Trump declared the moment as “the calm before the storm.”
“You guys know what this represents?” asked Trump to journalists who had gathered in the White House state dining room. “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm”
When asked what storm, Trump replied, “You’ll find out”
The White House did not immediately get back with a clarification on Trump’s remark.
Earlier on Thursday evening, Trump had met top U.S. defense officials in the cabinet room, and had discussed emerging threats from North Korea and Iran.
“In North Korea, our goal is denuclearization,” said Trump.
“We cannot allow this dictatorship to threaten our nation or our allies with unimaginable loss of life. We will do what we must do to prevent that from happening. And it will be done, if necessary, believe me.”
Last month, at the United Nations, Trump had said the United States would “totally destroy” North Korea if the U.S. needed to defend itself or its allies.
Trump also did not mince words againt Iran, saying the country had not lived up to the spirit of the nuclear deal.
As per a senior U.S. official, Trump is likely to decertify the landmark agreement.
Trump’s has filled his top posts within his administration with military generals, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster who typically dresses in civilian clothes at the White House; on this occasion however he was in his military uniform.
During the course of the meeting, Trump pressed the his military leadership to provide him faster “military options” as and when they are needed.
“Moving forward, I also expect you to provide me with a broad range of military options, when needed, at a much faster pace. I know that government bureaucracy is slow, but I am depending on you to overcome the obstacles of bureaucracy,” said Trump during the cabinet room meeting.