WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Sunday responded to news of the latest nuclear test by North Korea, calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s actions “hostile and dangerous to the United States”.
“North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States,” the president said in a series of tweets. “North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success. South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!”
The president’s comments came hours after North Korea tested what experts have estimated to be a 120 kiloton hydrogen bomb, its most powerful nuclear weapon to date.
The president refused to give North Korea any hint as to when or how the United States will respond to their latest round of tests. Later Sunday morning, after issuing statement on social media, the president was asked by waiting reporters whether the US would launch a preemptive attack.
“Will you attack North Korea?” the president was asked by a sea of waiting reporters.
“We’ll see,” he responded.
The president is scheduled to meet with his national security team Sunday to discuss the latest developments in North Korea, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday morning.
“The National security team is monitoring this closely,” Sanders said. “The President and his national security team will have a meeting to discuss further later today. We will provide updates as necessary,” said Sanders.
Meanwhile, Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, said on Sunday that he plans to draft a new sanctions package that would cut economic ties with anyone who did business with North Korea, including China, the country’s only major ally.
“There’s a lot we can do to cut them off economically, much more than we’ve done,” Mr. Mnuchin said, speaking on “Fox News Sunday”. Mnuchin called Pyongyang’s actions “unacceptable” and stressed the need for stronger steps.
Last month, the president warned that if the threats from North Korea continued, they will be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”