US: NKorea Bomb Test Would Draw Tough Response

NEW YORK (AP) – A senior U.S. diplomat says a North Korean hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific would be an “unprecedented act of aggression” by the communist nation.

Susan Thornton is acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific. She told reporters Friday that such a weapons test would be “outrageous” and would draw a “concerted and determined international response.”

Thornton declined, however, to specify what the U.S. would do.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Thursday that his country was considering the “highest level of hardline countermeasure in history” in response to President Donald Trump’s recent threat to “totally destroy” the North if it attacks.

North Korea’s foreign minister later said that could be a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean if Kim orders it.

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