Tensions between North Korea and the U.S. continued to rise as the North on Sept. 3 claimed its most powerful nuclear test so far — another step in its development of weapons capable of striking anywhere in the U.S. — was a “perfect success.” President Trump said the latest provocation reinforces the danger America faces, and that “talk of appeasement” is pointless.
“They only understand one thing!” Trump said in a tweet, without elaborating, as he prepared to meet with his national security team. It was the first nuclear test since Trump took office in January.
In August, Trump promised to meet any threat from North Korea with “fire and fury.”
The country is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls U.S. hostility. North Korea is an impoverished yet nuclear-armed country, and weapons experts say it could have a functioning nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. within a few years. The country carried out two nuclear tests last year. (AP/Yahoo News)
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