M3.4 quake detected in North Korea

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

His foreign minister, asked on a visit to NY to attend the UN General Assembly what the countermeasure would be, said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

US President Donald Trump called the North Korean leader a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged US "dotard" who would face the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have ratcheted up after Pyongyang conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test September 3, prompting the United Nations to impose even tougher sanctions last week.

North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un recently called President Donald Trump a "dotard".

Trump has responded by driving a raft of new tough sanctions on Pyongyang and engaging in blistering rhetoric, culminating in Tuesday's United Nations address, where he said Washington would "totally destroy" North Korea if the USA or its allies were threatened.

Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend United States or its allies, but the statement was criticized not only by Pyongyang, but also by a number of prominent progressive United States organizations and some of Washington's partners, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue", Kim said.

"Other people like to say, 'Oh we want peace, '" Trump continued.

North Korea's foreign minister later said that could be a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean if Kim orders it.

In a Saturday tweet, the president also lumped together North Korea and Iran by saying the two countries are in nuclear cahoots.

"And maybe something gets worked out, and maybe it doesn't", Trump said.

Trump praised China on Thursday for what he said was instructions to its banks to cut off business with North Korea.

The North has fortified its southern frontier with a hefty arsenal of artillery that has South Korea's capital, Seoul, just 55km away, in its sights. "Regarding which measures to take, I don't really know since it is what Kim Jong Un does", said Ri.

In his statements, Ri called the United States president a "mentally deranged person full of megalomania" - clearly taking cues from Kim's recently penned viral insult calling Trump "a mentally deranged dotard".

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera noted such a test could mean a nuclear-armed missile flying over Japan. We do expect a reaction and it may be another nasty surprise for President Trump.

The flight underscored "the seriousness with which we take DPRK's reckless behavior", the Pentagon said, using an acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"We have put in place the strongest economic sanctions ever to have been assembled against Kim Jong-un".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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