After Pyongyang said it had carried out a "successful test of great significance", US President Donald Trump warned on Sunday, December 8th that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could lose "everything" if he resumes aggressions towards the United States and that his country must denuclearize, AFP reported.
Trump earlier tweeted, responding to the unspecified test at the Sohae space launch center that "Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way". The announcement of Saturday's test came just hours after Trump said he would be "surprised" by any hostile action from the North, emphasising his "very good relationship" with Kim..
Both sides have been engaging in insults and verbal threats since Trump won the office in 2017, giving rise to tense diplomatic relations, before a diplomatic rapprochement the following year.
Nonetheless, Pyongyang has given Washington a December 31st deadline to make new adjustments to restart the stalled talks.
"North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, has tremendous economic potential, but it must denuclearise as promised," Trump tweeted. "NATO, China, Russia, Japan, and the entire world is unified on this issue!"
"Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearisation Agreement with me in Singapore," Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.
"He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November," he said.
According to local media sources KCNA, North Korea has completed a "very important" test at its Sohae satellite launch site, violating a promise of closure made earlier by Pyongyang to the US officials, AFP reported.