“It won’t happen!” vows Trump, talking tough on North Korea and its repeated nuclear threats.
The North Korean leader said on Sunday that his nation was close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile.
But taking to Twitter, which now seems to be his communication tool of choice, the US President-elect hit back.
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won't happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2 janvier 2017
Trump also took a swipe at China on the issue.
China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the U.S. in totally one-sided trade, but won't help with North Korea. Nice!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2 janvier 2017
Trump has not yet outlined any official policy on North Korea, although during the race for the White House he did say he would be willing to talk to its leader.
Beijing responded to Trump’s criticism by saying that its hard work towards denuclearising the Korean peninsula was obvious to everyone.
South Korea responded by saying the Tweets by the US-President-elect show that he is aware of the urgency of the threat posed by the north.
However, despite the claims made by the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, some experts reckon he is years away from having the capability of targeting the US with a nuclear warhead.
Trump lashes out against North Korea, China in latest tweets https://t.co/Sof6g3J8MC— CNBC (@CNBC) January 3, 2017
The President-elect’s new habit of making public announcements on sensitive global issues via Twitter has raised eyebrows around the world, especially when they are short phrases void of any detail or context. Tweets are limited to 140 characters.
seanspicer</a> on Trump’s use of Twitter: “The fact of the matter is that when he tweets he gets results.” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThisWeek?src=hash">#ThisWeek</a> <a href="https://t.co/L4C506T1Qx">pic.twitter.com/L4C506T1Qx</a></p>— This Week (ThisWeekABC) January 1, 2017
Some commentators have said that Trump will almost certainly have to reduce his use of social media such as Twitter when he takes office later this month, at least when it comes to serious and sensitive policy.
But there is no indication yet that the President-elect plans to make any change to his method of communicating.
He also made it clear during campaigning that he wanted to make a break from the past and reinvent the office of president.
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Now you can fact-check Trump’s tweets — in the tweets themselves https://t.co/6mU30Z8jHD— The Independent (@Independent) December 26, 2016