President Donald Trump has addressed North Korea’s latest bomb test in a series of tweets.
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North Korea said it had conducted a test on a “hydrogen bomb for intercontinental ballistic rocket,” a weapon they announced they’d developed just hours before the test. The test, which took place at 3 p.m. local time, was first detected as an earthquake. Japanese seismologists say the blast was 10 times stronger than prior nuclear tests.
The North Korean government says the test was a “perfect success.”
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In three tweets, Trump called North Korea “a rogue nation” and said its actions were “hostile and dangerous to the United States.” He said the country was an “embarrassment” to China and scolded South Korea for “their talk of appeasement” with their northern neighbor. “[T]hey only understand one thing!” he concluded.
International leaders were quick to condemn the test. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron called the action “a new dimension of provocation.” The Chinese foreign ministry said they opposed and strongly condemned the test and urged North Korea not to take “wrong” action.
South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that the nation is considering the use of the “most powerful U.S. tactical weapons.”
Later, Trump tweeted that he would be meeting with top advisors at the White House to discuss the situation. He also tweeted that, among other options, the United States was looking at “stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea,” a move that would eliminate India and China from the list of US trading partners, among others.