Trump: North Korea a 'Great Threat,' 'Embarrassment'

As other global leaders leap to condemn reported test of H-bomb
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 3, 2017 7:23 AM CDT
In this undated image distributed on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, by the North Korean government, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an undisclosed location. North Korea’s state media on Sunday, Sept...   (Uncredited)
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(Newser) – President 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 claims it was a "perfect success," reports the AP. Trump tweets that North Korea "has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success." He adds: "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!" In other global reaction:

  • French President Emmanuel Macron "calls on the members of the United Nations Security Council to quickly react to this new violation by North Korea of international law." He says the international community "must treat this new provocation with the utmost firmness" to bring North Korea back to the path of dialogue and give up its nuclear and missile programs.
  • The Russian Foreign Ministry is calling for all parties to refrain from escalating tension, and reaffirms it will participate in negotiations, "including in the context of the implementation of the Russian-Chinese road map." Under that, North Korea would suspend nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the US and South Korea suspending joint military exercises.
  • China's foreign ministry said Sunday that the Chinese government has "expressed firm opposition and strong condemnation" of Sunday's detonation and urged North Korea to "stop taking erroneous actions that deteriorate the situation."
  • South Korea says President Moon Jae-in will seek every available diplomatic measure, including new sanctions from the UN Security Council. Moon will also discuss with Washington ways to deploy the "strongest strategic assets" the US has to completely isolate Pyongyang.
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