Donald Trump; Kim Jong-un (AP/Evan Vucci/Wong Maye-E)

Trump says "we'll see" if U.S. attacks North Korea following test of "missile-ready" nuclear bomb

President Trump has issued threats at North Korea, but it appears the new nuclear power finds his words empty


Taylor Link
September 3, 2017 4:25PM (UTC)

As President Donald Trump left a church service Sunday, he told a pool of reporters that "we'll see" if the U.S. attacks North Korea following its latest nuclear bomb test.

http://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/904371898636681216

He called North Korea's recent hydrogen bomb test “very hostile and dangerous to the United States.” The blast was detected by seismic stations all over the world.

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Trump will convene his national security team as soon as possible after Kim Jong-un's successful test of a hydrogen bomb that North Korea can supposedly attach to a long-range missile, The Washington Post reported.

North Korea's hydrogen bomb test setoff off a manmade earthquake near the test site. Japanese and South Korean officials said the tremor was about 10 times more powerful than the one measured after the nation’s last nuclear test a year ago, Reuters reported.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Sunday morning the national security team is "monitoring this closely."

"The president and his national security team will have a meeting to discuss further later today. We will provide updates as necessary,” she said.

On Twitter, Trump said Sunday that he was considering stopping all trade with countries that conduct business with North Korea.

http://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/904377075049656322

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He also thanked his Twitter followers for no apparent reason.

http://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/904375314830249984

Trump also berated longtime U.S. ally South Korea, saying "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!”

According to Reuters, there was no independent confirmation that the detonation was a hydrogen bomb as opposed to a less powerful atomic weapon North Korea has tested in the past.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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