A special adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in said U.S. counterpart Donald Trump's recent comments against North Korea were "very worrisome."
Moon Chung-in, the country's ambassador-at-large for international security, told ABC News that the administration was "somewhat concerned" by Trump's threat last week to unleash "fire and fury" if the isolated nation continued its provocations. Trump's warning came less than 24 hours after a telephone conversation in which Moon Jae-in urged him to tone things down.
"This is very unusual. We do not expect that the president of the United States would make that kind of statement," Moon Chung-in said, according to ABC News. "It is very worrisome for the president of the United States to fill the crisis."
The adviser criticized the Trump administration for what he said was a lack of clarity over North Korea.
Trump said Friday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had gotten away with provocations and threats for too long and suggested that he was ready to hit the reclusive regime with U.S. military might. The remarks capped a week of escalating rhetoric with yet another warning Friday that if Kim makes any "overt threat" or strike at a U.S. territory or ally that "he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast."