North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs are not up for negotiation, the country’s leader Kim Jong Un reportedly declared on Wednesday.
Following North Korea’s recent successful launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile, Kim said his country would “demonstrate its mettle to the U.S.,” The Associated Press reported.
North Korean state media reported on Tuesday that Kim told “scientists and technicians that the U.S. would be displeased to witness [North Korea’s] strategic option.”
Kim “stressed that the protracted showdown with the U.S. imperialists has reached its final phase and it is the time for [North Korea] to demonstrate its mettle to the U.S., which is testing its will in defiance of its warning.”
North Korea claimed that their intercontinental ballistic missile could “reach anywhere in the world.”
In the wake of the successful missile test, President Trump urged China to “put a heavy move” on North Korea and “end this nonsense once and for all!”
….and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2017
“North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?” Trump tweeted earlier this week. “Hard to believe that South Korea…and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!”
On Wednesday, Trump cited a trade increase between China and North Korea.
Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2017
“So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!” the president tweeted.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for “global action” to rein in North Korea.
Tillerson released a statement condemning the missile launch, asserting that “testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world.”
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