Trump threatens to stop trade with countries doing business with N. Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to cut off all trade with countries doing business with North Korea in an apparent warning to China.

The latest warnings from Trump come after North Korea claimed earlier Sunday that it had detonated a hydrogen bomb that could be attached to an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) (likely KN20/ Hwasong-14 with a range of around 10,000 km) capable of reaching the mainland United States.

Trump tweeted the message ahead of a meeting with his national security team on what the North claimed to be an H-bomb explosion earlier in the day.

Such a ban would affect China the most as it is responsible for 90 percent of North Korea’s trade.

In a series of tweets earlier in the day, Trump slammed the North and also accused South Korea of conducting a policy of “appeasement” toward the North.

“North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test,” he said. “Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.”

Trump then added, “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.”

Initial reaction from Washington to the nuclear test:

Washington’s first reaction came about eight hours after tremors were detected near the North’s main nuclear test site in northeastern Punggye-ri. Pyongyang announced later that it had successfully tested an H-bomb which can be mounted on its intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Trump was later asked by a reporter whether he plans to attack the North.

“We’ll see,” he said.

Earlier, the top national security advisers to Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in discussed the test by phone, according to Moon’s office. The allies’ top military officers also held separate talks in a phone call and agreed on the need for “effective military responses,” the South Korean joint chiefs of staff said.

Nikki Haley at United Nations Security Council:

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has also called for the cessation of trade with any nation that continues to do business with North Korea in violation of U.N. resolutions.

“There are countries that are allowing, even encouraging, trade [with North Korea],” Haley said during a speech before the United Nations Security Council Wednesday.

“Such countries would also like to continue their trade relations with the United States. That’s not going to happen … We will not look exclusively at North Korea. We will look at any country that chooses to do business with this outlaw regime”, she added.

The U.S. ambassador also mentioned that 90% of North Korea’s trade is sponsored by China, a country she said ultimately bears the most responsibility to enforce economic sanctions against Pyongyang.

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