Anchor: U.S. President Donald Trump said North Korea is a problem and it will be “taken care of.” After attacking ISIS militants in Afghanistan with a massive weapon, dubbed the "mother of all bombs," Trump said he does not know whether it sends a message to the North but that it doesn't matter. The warning came amid growing speculations that the regime is ready to conduct its sixth nuclear test.
Kim Bum-soo has more.
Report: As the Trump administration continues to send warnings to Pyongyang, the U.S. military on Thursday attacked ISIS militants with the largest non-nuclear weapon it has ever used in combat.
The U.S. Department of Defense said that it dropped a GBU-43, dubbed the "mother of all bombs", on a tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan.
The massive ordinance air blast, or MOAB, explodes three meters above ground to wipe out all living creatures within a 500-meter radius with force equivalent to eleven tons of TNT. The nuclear bomb dropped in Hiroshima in 1945 had a blast yield of 15 kilotons.
The Pentagon said the strike was the first time the weapon had been used since its final testing stages in 2003.
The explosion apparently serves as a warning message to North Korea and Iran that their nuclear ambitions may be met with U.S. military capabilities.
After the military operation in Nangarhar province, Trump told reporters at the White House that the North Korea problem will be taken care of.
[Sound bite: U.S. President Donald Trump]
(unidentified reporter: "Does this send a message to North Korea?")
"I don't know if this sends a message, it doesn't make any difference if it does or not. North Korea is a problem. The problem will be taken care of. I will say this, I think China has really been working very hard. I have really gotten to like and respect as you know (China's) President Xi."
Trump again wrote on his Twitter that he has great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea and if they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will.
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.