Donald Trump said North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un was 'acting very, very badly' Mr Trump hit out at the hermit nation’s leader as he departed his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida where he spent the weekend.
He revealed North Korea’s actions this weekend, which has seen it claiming to test a new nuclear-enabled rocket, have been the focus of meetings at the “southern White House” over the past few days, among other issues.
Earlier today the North’s foreign ministry released a statement saying its army will “reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes” with its “invincible” rockets tipped with nuclear warheads to defend its “people’s happiness”.
Statements from dictator Kim Jong-un’s government often do not name countries specifically, but in a bid to show he is serious, the foreign ministry said the US and the South Korean “puppet forces” will be hit before they can “fire even a single bullet” at North Korea.
In a statement, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said: "The Korean People’s Army will reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes with its invincible Hwasong rockets tipped with nuclear warheads and reliably defend the security of the country and its people’s happiness in case the US and the South Korean puppet forces fire even a single bullet at the territory of the DPRK."
Fears Kim Jong-un is ready to launch a nuclear weapon are increasing as statements from the country have become more direct and aggressive following an announcement on Friday by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the period of diplomatic patience with the dictatorship is officially over.
In a total switch from previous policy, Mr Tillerson said: “Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table.
"If they elevate the threat of their weapons programme to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table."
Tillerson demands for North Korea to 'abandon' nuclear projects
Kim Jong-un wasted no time in retaliating, and last night said he had tested a new rocket launch station which is the “new birth” of North Korea’s missile industry.
Satellite images this afternoon revealed “substantial” tunnel excavation at the country’s nuclear test site, suggesting a bigger blast is being prepared.
North Korea’s watchdog, 38 North, said the deeper the tunnel goes beneath Mount Mantap, the bigger the blast which can be contained there during testing.
The newly developed high-thrust engine will help the country achieve world-class satellite launch capability, according to the country’s official media service KCNA.
North Korea has claimed to be testing more and more nuclear warheads
The barbaric leader has claimed the country is close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile, and news of the rocket engine test indicates North Korea could be close to developing effective long-range missiles.
KCNA reported: "He [Kim] noted that the success made in the current test marked a great event of historic significance as it declared a new birth of the Juche-based rocket industry.”