"North Korea is a problem, the problem will be taken care of", Trump told reporters.
A U.S. monitoring group, 38North, has described the Punggye-ri test site as "primed and ready".
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said United States officials have "repeatedly reaffirmed" to Seoul that the U.S. "will closely discuss with South Korea its North Korea-related measures". This means that Beijing is not obliged to help defend North Korea from a military attack, they told the paper.
Washington said North Korea should see the strikes as a sign of USA resolve, but US officials have played down the prospect of any military strike against North Korea, which would likely provoke massive North Korean retaliation and huge casualties in Japan and South Korea and among USA forces in both countries.
"This has created a risky situation in which a thermo-nuclear war may break out any moment on the peninsula and posed serious threat to the world peace and security, to say nothing of those in Northeast Asia", it said.
He warned that history would hold any instigator to account.
"North Korea is a problem". "It doesn't make any difference if it does or not".
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said he believed Washington would consult Seoul if it was considering a pre-emptive strike against the North. Still, Mr. Trump's threat to deal with the North Korean danger alone has apparently succeeded in extracting a recognition that Kim Jong-un's nuclear-weapons program is a serious danger to the world. "China will actively work to protect the security of a denuclearised North Korean nation and regime", said the Global Times.
And China moved 150,000 soldiers close to the North Korea border in preparation for war.
The US president has also said he would not signal his punches before embarking on any military action overseas.
On Tuesday, North Korea warned of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression.
China brought in 2.67 million tons of coal from the North during the quarter, a spokesperson for the General Administration of Customs said Thursday. The US has about 28,500 troops in South Korea. Since China is effectively the only buyer of North Korean coal, this means that Beijing has stopped imports even though the United Nations quota still has not been reached.
Exploding a more powerful bomb, or launching a new ballistic missile, could be timed to coincide with this weekend's celebration of North Korea's founder - often marked by a massive parade in which the country is not subtle about showing off its military might.
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