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Donald Trump has said North Korea’s “words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States” after the regime carried out its biggest nuclear test to date.
The US President’s remarks came after Pyongyang claimed it had carried out a hydrogen bomb test and caused a 6.3 magnitude earthquake.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quickly followed with a statement which condemned North Korea’s “reckless” weapon test and stressed that “all options are on the table.”
In a series of tweets posted on Sunday, Mr Trump said: “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States….
“North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.
“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!”
The explosion caused residents across the border in China to flee their homes, fearing an earthquake.
Japan and South Korea said it was around 10 times more powerful than the tremor picked up after the last test a year ago.
The nuclear test was condemned around the world on Sunday with the UN nuclear watchdog expressive grave concern and Russia saying it could lead to serious consequences.
French President Emmanuel Macron urged the United Nations Security Council to react quickly and decisively.
“The international community must treat this new provocation with the utmost firmness, in order to bring North Korea to come back unconditionally to the path of dialogue and to proceed to the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear and ballistic programme,” he said in a statement.
China, the only North Korean ally that is a permanent member of the Security Council, urged its neighbour to stop “wrong” actions that worsen the situation. It said it would fully enforce UN resolutions on the country.
The Russian foreign ministry called for calm and said: “In the emerging conditions it is absolutely essential to keep cool, refrain from any actions that could lead to a further escalation of tensions.
Moscow urged all sides involved to hold talks, which it said was the only way to resolve the problems.
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