US takes North Korea threat of H-bomb test seriously, Trump official says

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

The threats came a day after the USA imposed new sanctions on North Korea, prompting Kim to release the rare and explosive statement saying Trump would "pay dearly" for his United Nations speech.

The warning was delivered by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in NY, according to comments published by South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

"It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific", Ri said, as quoted by South Korean agency Yonhap.

"In case innocent lives of the US are lost because of this suicide attack, Trump will be held totally responsible".

The US had initially proposed a complete oil embargo and also said that the foreign accounts of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un should be frozen. It's the latest discourse between the president of the United States and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says North Korea's Kim Jong Un is "being tested" by the strongest sanctions ever put in place by the USA and the worldwide community.

Colbert was particularly affronted by Ri's presence in NY for the G.A. while making his comments.

They said Trump's harsh remarks are tantamount to "the most ferocious declaration of war" against the North, and has prompted the entire population to prepare to carry out "the toughest counteraction unprecedented in history".

After Mr. Kim's statement, Mr. Trump, on Satruday, tweeted that the North Korean leader was a "madman" who didn't "mind starving his people". "Today, I announced a new Executive Order with re: to North Korea".

"Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wanted to say", he said, according to a statement released by North Korea's news agency, KCNA.

The order cuts off access to USA banks and freezes the assets of those dealing with the North Korean textile, fishing and manufacuting industries.

The rhetoric is more heated, the threats more dire, and sometimes it seems the two countries are headed for a final confrontation nobody can back down from.

Trump threatened in his speech to the 193-member world body on Tuesday to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend the US or its allies.

Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date drawing stiffer United Nations sanctions.

Asian stocks fell and the Japanese yen and Swiss franc gained on the possibility of a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific.

Ri called the Democratic People's Republic of Korea - the country's official name - "a responsible nuclear weapon state".

Chung Sung-Yoon, an analyst at the Korea Institute for National Unification, said there was a "very high possibility" that Kim would follow through with a provocation of some sort.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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