NEW YORK – US President Donald Trump has warned North Korea that he is considering a “pretty severe” response following the country’s long-range missile test.
“They are behaving in a very, very dangerous manner and something will have to be done about it,” he said.
But he moderated his comments, saying: “We’ll just take a look at what happens over the coming weeks and months.”
Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile with the potential to hit the US state of Alaska on Tuesday.
Despite the ICBM’s relatively short flight and eventual crash into the sea, the test has been labelled a sharp military escalation by the US.
“I have pretty severe things that we’re thinking about,” Mr Trump said of a possible US response. “That doesn’t mean that we’ll do them.”
He said other nations should challenge Pyongyang’s “very, very bad behaviour”.
Mr Trump was speaking in Warsaw, Poland, at a joint news conference with the Polish President Andrzej Duda. He is due to meet with other world leaders at the G20 summit in Germany on Friday.
The president’s comments follow those of US ambassador Nikki Haley, who told the United Nations Security Council that the US was willing to use its “considerable military forces” on North Korea “if we must”.