US president criticises North Korean leader hours after Pyongyang says it tested new type of high-thrust rocket engine.
US President Donald Trump on Sunday criticised North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying he was "acting very, very badly" hours after Pyongyang tested a new type of high-thrust rocket engine.
Trump made the comments to reporters as he departed his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he spent the weekend. Trump said administration officials had meetings over the weekend about North Korea, among other issues.
"Had meetings on North Korea. He's acting very, very badly. I will tell you, he's acting very badly," Trump said.
North Korean state media said Kim oversaw a powerful new rocket engine test at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground.
"He emphasised that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries," Pyongyang’s KCNA news agency said.
Kim said earlier this year that the military was preparing to test an intercontinental ballistic missile.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in China over the weekend on the last stop of a three-nation tour of Northeast Asia.
North Korea has dominated Tillerson’s agenda, with Washington seeking new ways to scupper Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. Previous efforts, including talks and sanctions, have failed.
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