South Korea's foreign ministry praised Donald Trump's "clear warning" to North Korea on Tuesday, arguing that the president-elect has an understanding of the threat posed by the Hermit Kingdom.
According to Reuters, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said Sunday that his country is preparing to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Trump responded on Twitter, writing that the communist country’s test “won't happen.”
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 (@Donald J. Trump) 1483398344.0
South Korea's foreign ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said during a briefing Tuesday that "Because of our active outreach, President-elect Trump and U.S. officials are clearly aware of the gravity and urgency of the North Korean nuclear threat."
"They are maintaining an unwavering stance on the need for sanctions on North Korea and for close cooperation between South Korea and the U.S.," June-hyuck added.
Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told ABC News Tuesday that Pyongyang has been put “on notice” by Trump, but added he is "not making policy” on North Korea “at the moment."
Last year, North Korean state-run media praised Trump as a “wise politician” and a “far-sighted presidential candidate.”
As a candidate, Trump expressed willingness to speak to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as president, which would mark a departure from the United States' longstanding policy towards the country.
Trump’s use of Twitter to conduct foreign policy has been met with both praise and criticism. His allies have lauded his use of the social media platform as a direct means of communication both with Americans and people around the world. Critics say that foreign policy is too complex to conduct in 140 characters and that Trump’s approach lacks the nuance international discussions require.
When Trump recently used Twitter to say that his administration will take a different approach to US-Israeli relations than that of the Obama administration, he was praised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but.......— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1482934786.0
not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1482935111.0
President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support for Israel! 🇮🇱🇺🇸 @IvankaTrump… https://t.co/U0fqWxdGV8— Benjamin Netanyahu (@Benjamin Netanyahu) 1482938682.0
Netanyahu also recently tweeted video of Trump criticizing the United Nations, writing, “I could not have said it better myself.”
לא יכולתי לנסח את זה טוב יותר I could not have said it better myself @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/5HOMWQl3MN— Benjamin Netanyahu (@Benjamin Netanyahu) 1483025520.0
Trump’s use of Twitter recently sent conflicting messages to the Chinese after they seized a US Navy drone. Trump called the theft of the drone an “unprecedented act” before saying that the country should “keep it.”
China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1481983040.0
We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1482022765.0