Donald Trump claims 'North Korea is looking for trouble' over US war threat

Fiona Simpson
Threat: Donald Trump tweeted to say 'North Korea was looking for trouble': AP

Donald Trump has claimed “North Korea is looking for trouble” in a series of extraordinary tweets following the country’s declaration that it is ready for war with the US.

The claim came after a US Navy strike group bound for Australia was rerouted to waters off the Korean Peninsula.

The US president tweeted to reveal he had promised Chinese leader Xi Jinping a better trade deal if the country “helped solve the North Korean problem”.

He wrote: “I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!”

In further rant, he added: “North Korea is looking for trouble.

“If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Pyongyang warned of “catastrophic consequences” to Washington’s “outrageous actions” after the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier was diverted from a planned visit to Australia to the western Pacific.

The decision by the US came as tensions increased over ongoing military drills involving American and South Korean forces that North Korea regards as a dress rehearsal for an invasion.

Washington said it was sending the 97,000-ton USS Carl Vinson with an escort of a guided-missile cruiser and two destroyers following another ballistic missile test by North Korea last week.

“We will hold the US wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions,” North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying.

“North Korea is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US.”

The spokesman cited Washington’s refusal to rule out a pre-emptive strike against North Korean missile sites.

Last week’s US strike against a Syrian military base has also been seen as a warning to North Korea.