Trump among leaders to condemn latest North Korea bomb test
President Donald Trump has reacted to what he’s calling “a major Nuclear Test” by North Korea — branding the North “a rogue nation” whose “words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous” to the United States.
North Korea says it has conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date — and claiming a “perfect success.”
Trump tweets that North Korea “has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.” The president also said South Korea’s “appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!”
China is by far the North’s biggest trading partner.
South Korea’s presidential office says the security chiefs for Seoul and Washington have spoken following North Korea’s sixth nuclear test.
The office says U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster spoke with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, for 20 minutes in an emergency phone call about an hour after the detonation.
North Korea’s nuclear test Sunday was apparently its most powerful yet. State-controlled media say it was a hydrogen bomb. South Korea’s weather agency says the apparent detonation set off a magnitude 5.7 earthquake, making the blast five to six times stronger than the North’s fifth test in September 2016.
South Korea says it wants to answer North Korea’s sixth nuclear test with the strongest measures possible.
Eui-yong said Sunday that President Moon Jae-in will seek every available diplomatic measure, including new sanctions from the United Nations Security Council. He says Moon will also discuss with Washington ways to deploy the “strongest strategic assets” the U.S. has to completely isolate Pyongyang.
The president’s office would not comment on it means by “strongest strategic assets.”
The response comes in the wake of the North’s confirmation that it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb of “unprecedented” strength meant to be loaded into an intercontinental ballistic missile. The nuclear test triggered a strong earthquake.
Leaders from China, Japan, France, Germany, Britain, Italy, the European Union and NATO have also condemned the test.