Trump hits back at 'madman' Kim with new economic sanctions

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

US President Donald Trump on Friday warned "madman" North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un that he would be "tested", the latest in an exchange of insults between the two.

The move comes just days after Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend the US or its allies.

Earlier this month, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted its ninth round of sanctions on Pyongyang to counter its nuclear and ballistic missiles programmes.Recently, North Korea conducted its sixth most powerful nuclear test on September 3, attracting United Nations sanctions and criticism from the global community.

President Donald Trump says the US will impose additional sanctions on North Korea over the communist country's nuclear weapons buildup.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said later in NY that Pyongyang may consider its most powerful test of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States".

Trump also praised China for what he called an instruction to its banks to cut off business with North Korea.

Ri Yong Ho, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's 72nd session, September 23, 2017.

Hours later, North Korea's foreign minister reportedly said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean to fulfil Kim's vow to take the "highest-level" action against the United States.

North Korea continued to flex its military power with another missile test last week.

The US Treasury Department now had authority to target those that conduct "significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea". "Yes, it's unacceptable to silently watch North Korea's nuclear military adventures but it is also unacceptable to unleash war on the Korean Peninsula", he said.

"We use several methods to tell whether earthquakes are natural or man-made", said the official, who asked for anonymity.

Trump and Kim have been lobbing threats at each other over the past few months, with this latest round tipped off by Trump's speech at the United Nations on Tuesday.

The 2018 Games are to be staged in Pyeongchang, just 80km from the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea, the world's most heavily armed border.

Trump is expected to announce additional sanctions about North Korea on Thursday over its nuclear weapons program.

The Pentagon said the mission showed how seriously President Donald Trump took North Korea's "reckless behaviour".

"This event occurred in the area of the previous North Korean nuclear tests", the USGS said. "North Korea has so far proven most of its claims".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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