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Cruz: N. Korean test 'serious escalation' of its ability to commit mass murder

Cruz: N. Korean test 'serious escalation' of its ability to commit mass murder
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue White vote is 'fundamental problem' for Texas Dems, political analysts says Houston Chronicle endorses Beto O'Rourke in Texas Senate race MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that North Korea’s latest nuclear test is “a serious escalation” in Pyongyang's ability to commit mass murder.

“This step … is a serious escalation in their ability to commit mass acts of murder,” Cruz told ABC’s “This Week.” 

Cruz described North Korea as “the most dangerous place on the face of the planet.”

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His comments come after North Korea said earlier in the day that it successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that can fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

During the interview, Cruz said he agrees with President Trump that bullies like North Korea leader Kim Jong Un understand tough talk, but also said he would not use Trump’s specific rhetoric.

“I think the president is right that Kim Jong Un and other bullies only understand and respect strength,” said Cruz.

“The president speaks in ways I wouldn’t speak, but that is his prerogative,” he later added.

Trump last month threatened "fire, fury and frankly power" should North Korea continue to threaten the United States.