Donald Trump has condemned an apparent nuclear test by North Korea as ‘hostile and dangerous’ after the secretive state said it had performed a ‘perfect’ explosion of its most powerful weapon yet.

“Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States,” Mr Trump said in a tweet hours after the blast caused condemnation around the world.

“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,” he added.

“South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!”

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