Trump 'would not be happy' with another North Korea nuclear test

President Donald Trump appeared to give Kim Jong Un credit for leading North Korea after his father's death, calling him a "pretty smart cookie". "But we have a situation that we can not let what's been going on for a long period of years continue". "If he (North Korean supreme leader, Kim Jong-un) does a nuclear test, I will not be happy". "But so far, perhaps nothing's happened and perhaps it has".

"This was a small missile". "This was not a big missile".

"If he does a nuclear test, I will not be happy".

"Clearly conditions are not there right now [.] I don't see this happening anytime soon".

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", McMaster said it is important "for all of us to confront this regime, this regime that is pursuing the weaponization of a missile with a nuclear weapon".

A United States official said the ballistic missile, thought to be a mid-range KN-17, was sacked from a location in the South Pyeongan province in the early hours of Saturday morning local time.

Asked if "not happy" signified "military action", Mr Trump answered: "I don't know".

Trump's comments come after North Korea carried out a test-launch of what U.S. officials said was a short-range ballistic missile, a test banned under United Nations sanctions.

The deployment has triggered anger from Seongju residents who fear North Korea may target their town and worry about rumoured health hazards linked to Thaad's powerful radar.

"They need message discipline, they can't have the Secretary of Defense saying one thing and the Secretary of State saying something else", said Robert Kelly, associate professor of political science at Pusan National University. "That, as we would say, trumps trade", he told CBS.

Mr Trump refused comment on whether the United States had anything to do with the missile test failure.

"This is something that we know we can not tolerate.The President has made clear that he is going to resolve this issue one way or another", McMaster said on "Fox News Sunday". Earlier this month, Mr. Trump said China isn't a currency manipulator after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping about North Korea. Yesterday, he had a conversation with the president of the Philippines.

Tillerson said the North must take "concrete steps" to reduce its weapons threat before talks could occur.

Trump is in a close contact with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, Priebus said.

John McCain, who had dinner with Trump on Monday, said the President missed the point a bit.

"We need cooperation at some level with as many partners in the area as we can get to make sure that we have our ducks in a row", Mr Priebus told ABC's This Week, ahead of the Sunday calls. But we'll see what happens.

An official says a contentious US anti-missile system based in southeastern South Korea is operating and can defend against North Korean missiles.

  • Leroy Wright