Trump Threatens to ‘Stop All Trade’ With Countries Trading With North Korea

September 3, 2017 1:26 pm Last Updated: September 3, 2017 3:03 pm

After North Korea claimed to carry out its sixth nuclear test on Sunday, President Donald Trump said the administration is in talks to cut the communist country off even more than it already is.

“The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea,” Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon. China is North Korea’s biggest trading partner.

An hour before that, the president said he’s going to have a meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, and “other military leaders” to hold talks on what to do about North Korea.

North Korea, via state-run propaganda channels, said it had carried out a successful test of a hydrogen bomb. Hours before that, it showed photos of despot Kim Jong Un inspecting what the regime claimed was a bomb that could be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Other countries have yet to confirm the veracity of North Korea’s claims.

An unidentified Korean People's Army (KPA) rocket is displayed during a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017. (ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
An unidentified Korean People’s Army (KPA) rocket is displayed during a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017. (ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

At around 11:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Asia), an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale was reported in North Korea’s northeastern region. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was a “possible explosion” and was “located near the site where North Korea has detonated nuclear explosions in the past.”

“North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning. “North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.”

The site of the purported explosion (USGS)
The site of the purported explosion (USGS)

He added that South Korea’s government should understand that North Korea’s leaders “only understand one thing,” he wrote.

Reporters again asked Trump as he exited a church on Sunday morning about whether the United States is planning to strike North Korea. He said, “We’ll see,” Politico reported.

A week ago, North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan, prompting warnings from the Japanese government.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to Reuters, said he and Trump agreed that the international community must step up its response to North Korea’s threats while agreeing separately with Russian President Vladimir Putin to cooperate.

“President Trump and I shared the view that we cannot overlook North Korea’s reckless act and that the international community must show its resolve by applying stronger pressure than had so far been used,” Abe told Reuters after the call. “We again confirmed that Japan and the United States are 100 percent together.”