The tension between US and N Korea reached new levels after the latter’s most powerful nuclear tests conducted recently.
Now, US President Donald Trump has said that though he prefers not to use military options but if that becomes a reality then it would be a “very sad day” for the leadership in Pyongyang.
Trump pointedly declined to take military route but his administration sought to increase economic sanctions on N Korea. Trump emphatically said that Pyongyang was behaving badly and it’s got to stop.
Donald Trump said that military action against a defiant North Korea after its recent powerful nuclear test was “not inevitable.”
Speaking in a White House news conference along with the premier of Kuwait, the president said, “Military action would certainly be an option. Is it inevitable? Nothing’s inevitable.”
“It would be great if something else could be worked out,” he said, while adding that if it comes to military action, “It will be a very sad day for North Korea.”
The N Korea has remained defiant after their hydrogen bomb tests. A top diplomat had warned US that the country is ready to send “more gift packages.”
"The recent self-defence measures by my country, DPRK, are a gift package addressed to none other than the US. The US will receive more 'gift packages' ... as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK," the ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Han Tae Song said in a conference.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley had said that North Korea is "begging for war" with abusive use of missiles and nuclear threats. She pushed for the "strongest possible measures" against Pyongyang following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.
On Sunday, North Korea said it detonated a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile and called it a “perfect success”, inviting worldwide condemnation and promises of tougher US sanctions.