White House: National security team monitoring North Korea closely

White House: National security team monitoring North Korea closely
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The White House said early Sunday that national security officials are closely monitoring the situation on the Korean peninsula after the latest North Korean nuclear test.

“The President and his national security team will have a meeting to discuss further later today,” spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “We will provide updates as necessary.”

President Trump later tweeted that he would be meeting with his chief of staff, John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Trump says Gen. Milley 'last person' he'd want to start a coup with Overnight Defense: Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld dies at 88 | Trump calls on Milley to resign | House subpanel advances Pentagon spending bill MORE and other military leaders at the White House to discuss North Korea.

Earlier in the day, Trump characterized North Korea's words and actions as "hostile and dangerous to the United States."


"North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test," he tweeted.

"Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States," he added. "North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success."

When asked by a reporter on Sunday if the U.S. would attack North Korea, Trump said, "We'll see."

North Korean state television said Sunday that a test of a miniaturized hydrogen bomb capable of fitting on an intercontinental ballistic missile was a "perfect success" and a "meaningful" step in advancing the rogue nation's weapons program. 

The U.S. Geological Survey said it recorded a 6.3-magnitude earthquake on Sunday near North Korea's known nuclear test site in the northeast. The quake was described as a "possible explosion."


--This report was updated at 12:16 p.m.