"Obviously, he's a pretty smart cookie", Trump said.
Separately, Trump's national security adviser, Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, said North Korea's most recent missile test represents "open defiance of the global community".
North Korean ballistic missile tests are banned by the United Nations and are seen as part of the North's push for a nuclear-tipped weapon that can hit the USA mainland.
North Korea has kept the West on edge for weeks over signs it may conduct a sixth nuclear test, punctuated by a series of missile tests that have aroused USA fears that the regime may be close to developing a ballistic missile capable of hitting the USA mainland with a nuclear warhead.
When pressed on his reaction to another nuclear missile test, Trump said: "I would not be happy".
When asked if the U.S. was to blame for Pyongyang's failed blast, President Trump remained coy. And I can tell you also, I don't believe that the president of China, who is a very respected man, will be happy either, ' he went on.
Francis was asked as he traveled back to Rome from Egypt on Saturday local time (early Sunday morning Seoul time) about North Korean ballistic missile tests and USA warnings of "catastrophic" consequences if the world fails to stop them.
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With regards to Trump's comment that he "didn't say 'don't test the missile, '" that's not exactly true, especially in the context of how Dickerson phrased the question.
That means, he said, working with partners in the region and globally on enforcing current United Nations sanctions and perhaps "ratcheting up those sanctions even further". He added: "It is a chess game".
People also debate whether the security benefits of THAAD would outweigh possible drawbacks if relations worsen with China, which sees the system as a threat, and they have been angered by President Donald Trump's statement that he would make South Korea pay $1 billion for the system. "I mean, we'll see".
Japanese media reports said it will meet up with and escort a United States supply ship, a first-time mission under new security legislation that allows Japan's military a greater role overseas. "That, as we would say, trumps trade". "Eventually, he will have a better delivery system".
Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping for "trying very hard" to rein in Pyongyang.
In a show of force, the United States is sending the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to waters off the Korean peninsula, where it will join the USS Michigan, a nuclear submarine that docked in South Korea on Tuesday.
It flew for several minutes and reached a maximum height of 44 miles before it apparently failed.