U.S. President Donald Trump is sending North Korea a fresh warning, calling it a "problem" country that "will be taken care of," The Associated Press reported on Friday.
Trump commented on North Korea after he was asked about the U.S. military's decision to drop the largest non-nuclear weapon
it has ever used in combat on an area of eastern Afghanistan.
Asked whether dropping the bomb sends a message to North Korea as it continues to pursue nuclear and other weapons, Trump said it makes no difference.
"North Korea is a problem, the problem will be taken care of," Trump said.
Trump wants China to help contain North Korea, but in recent weeks he has signaled a willingness to handle the issue alone.
Trump and China's president discussed North Korea at a meeting last week in Florida.
In another turn, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday there can be no winners in an armed conflict between the U.S. and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs. He also pledged China would support any attempts at dialogue between the sides.