“The North Koreans have not responded to the threat.
They haven’t even said anything yet, they haven’t done anything yet,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“I think that they’re not going to be a threat for a while.”
Trump said he was “very much in the dark” on the situation on the Korean Peninsula, adding, “I don’t know why it is that they are getting so much attention.”
“The fact is, if you don’t do something, they’re going to come for you,” Trump said, calling North Korea “one of the most dangerous places in the world.”
Trump told Fox that he would consider a preemptive strike on the North.
“If we were attacked, I’d probably be very much in favor of that,” he said.
“But I don’t want to be in favor, but we’re getting to the point where we’re going have to act, and I think that we’re being very careful about what we’re doing.”
The former Republican presidential candidate has been increasingly critical of the North’s actions since his campaign announced he would be seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
The U.S. has a long history of tension with North Korea, which has been locked in a bitter war with the South since the 1950s.
Trump has repeatedly called for the U.N. Security Council to impose economic sanctions on North Korean officials and has said the U., as a major trading partner, should do more to rein in the regime.