US Mulls Using ‘Pretty Severe Things’ on North Korea, Trump Says in Poland

US President Donald J. Trump speaks during a press conference after meeting with President of Poland Andrzej Duda (not pictured) at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, 06 July 2017. Photo: Radek Pietruszka/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

  • North Korea is behaving ‘very, very’ dangerously, US President Trump has said after Pyongyang’s alleged ICBM test.
  • Something will have to be done about North Korea’s behavior, he says.
  • US is thinking about possibly using some ‘pretty severe things’, Trump has said when asked about military action.
  • Pro-North Korea newspaper based in Tokyo has declared that the only option of defusing tensions with the US is negotiations, now that North Korea has had an allegedly successful ICBM test.

North Korea is behaving in a dangerous manner, and something will have to be done about that, US President Donald Trump has declared on a visit in Poland regarding the latest rocket test by the regime of Kim Jong-un, allegedly of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Trump’s comment comes after on Wednesday, US Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that the United States was prepared to use its “full military force” on North Korea.

The meeting was convened on Wednesday, after the day before North Korea’s regime of Kim Jong-un carried out a new ballistic missile test, and claimed that the rocket was the much coveted intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

According to experts the newly tested North Korean ICBM is unlikely to have the capacity to deliver nuclear weapons. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has warned North Korea not to cross a “red line.”

The ballistic missile tested by North Korea on Tuesday traveled some 933 km (577 miles) before it fell in the Sea of the Japan, in Japan’s exclusive economic zone. It reached an altitude of some 2,300 – 2,800 km (1,430 – 1,740 miles). If launched at a standard angle, it may have traversed some 6,000 km (3,700 miles).

It is North Korea’s 12th rocket test (and ninth successful one) since US President Donald Trump assumed office in January.

Last week, a US nuclear expert warned that Kim Jong-un might be coming closer to being able to produce a hydrogen bomb, also known as thermonuclear weapon, as it is able to produce tritium, a key element.

North Korea recently carried out a new test of a rocket engine that could be used for powering an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the weapon that can threaten directly the US mainland.

On behalf of the Kim Jong-un regime, North Korea’s Ambassador to India recently offered the US a conditional moratorium on his country’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The offer came against the backdrop of the death of US college student Otto Warmbier who passed away after 17 months in North Korean captivity, and for which Pyongyang denied responsibility, and of South Korea’s decision to suspend the further deployment of the US THAAD missile shield.

‘Very, Very Dangerous’

US President Donald Trump chided North Korea on Thursday for its recent missile tests, saying it is “behaving in a very, very dangerous manner”, as cited by CNN.

“It’s a shame they’re behaving this way – they’re behaving in a very very dangerous manner and something will have to be done about it,” Trump said in a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw.

The press conference outside Warsaw’s Royal Castle was Trump’s first since June 9, when the Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, visited the White House.

Trump declined to elaborate on America’s military options against North Korea but said he had “some pretty severe things” available to him.

“As far as North Korea is concerned, I don’t know, we will see what happens,” the US President stated.

“I have some pretty severe things that we are thinking about. That doesn’t mean we are going to do it. I don’t draw red lines,” he added.

During his visit in Poland, Trump is also participating in a Three Seas Summit to promote US natural gas, and is expected to give a speech declaring that Western civilization is at stake.

‘US Should Change’

Earlier, North Korea’s overseas mouthpiece said that after the country’s latest missile test diplomatic negotiations had emerged as the sole option to address the confrontation with the United States, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

“The ongoing nuclear showdown between Pyongyang and Washington has entered into its final phase with the North’s successful Hwasong-14 ICBM test-fire, and now avoiding armed conflict and seeking ways to find a clue to settle it via diplomatic negotiations have become a pressing issue that the international community can no longer turn away from,” the Chosun Sinbo, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper based in Tokyo, wrote.

The nuclear war crisis between the two nations can be resolved not via the abandonment of Pyongyang’s nuclear policy but via that of Washington’s hostile policy, the paper argued.

“It’s not North Korea but the United States that should change,” it went further.

The paper’s claim is in line with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s remarks the previous day that the North would  never offer to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in any case unless Amerioca’s hostile policy and nuclear threat are fundamentally cleared away.

“Any military action against a country with nuclear retaliation capabilities will literally cause a destructive consequence,” the Chosun Shinbo paper said.

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