HARBIN, China-When North Korea tested what it said was a domestically produced hydrogen bomb on Sunday-a week after launching its 18th ballistic missile of the year-it was a reminder of a conundrum at the heart of the country’s nuclear program. “The U.S. will receive more gift packages from my country as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK“.
The country’s state media claimed the device was a hydrogen bomb which could be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
U.S. President Donald Trump – who signaled he was not afraid to use military action when he ordered an air strike on Syria in April – has not ruled out a similar course on the DPRK.
He also warned that the U.S.is considering stopping all trade with countries doing business with North Korea.
The UN Security Council has scheduled its second emergency meeting in a week about North Korea after a powerful nuclear test explosion added another layer of urgency for diplomats wrestling with what to do about the North’s persistent weapons programmes. “Kim Jong Un’s action can not be seen as defensive”, she said.
“In the past the threat of North Korea was related to nuclear weapons”. China will not allow chaos and war on the Korean Peninsula, he said.
“I think the North Korean threat is a global one now”.
China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday it would take part in Security Council discussions in “a responsible and constructive manner”.
In a related development, the White House said on Wednesday that Trump spoke with British and Australian leaders by phone regarding the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.
Any talk of a military solution is deeply disturbing, he said.
The newspaper said South Korean analysts believe Kim’s government is planning another test-firing of an ICBM on September 9, when the country celebrates its founding day.
Each side has thousands of rockets and artillery pieces aimed at the other across the world’s most heavily armed border.
“The potential consequences of military action are too horrific”, he said.