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South Korea's foreign ministry praises Trump's response to North Korea's nuclear threat

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Aug. 25, 2016 shows a test-fire of strategic submarine-launched ballistic missile being launched at an undisclosed location. (KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

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.”

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.

Netanyahu also recently tweeted video of Trump criticizing the United Nations, writing, “I could not have said it better myself.”

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.”

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