Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

North Korea threatens to test nuclear bomb over Pacific

After United States President Donald Trump announced another sanction against North Korea, the country's leader Kim Jong-Un called the former "mentally deranged USA dotard".

"It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific", Mr Ri said, quoted by South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

On September 3, Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test.

President Donald Trump has added economic action to his fiery military threats against North Korea, authorizing stiffer new sanctions in response to the Koreans' nuclear weapons advances.

The latest insults between Trump and Kim come as Trump expands the Treasury Department's ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea and to ban them from the USA financial system.

Apart from calling Trump a "dotard", Kim also called him a "frightened dog" that "barks louder".

Mr Kim had said the United Nations speech - which was boycotted by North Korean diplomats - was "the most ferocious declaration of war in history".

He further said, "It is time for North Korea to realise that de-nuclearisation is its only acceptable future".

"The worst-case scenario would be a Juche bird test", Narang said.

The United Nations Security Council had also condemned the recent launch of another ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and called on the country's leadership to halt such activities and explore resumption of honest dialogue on de-nuclearisation.

A North Korean defector has revealed she saw 11 musicians "blown to bits" by anti-aircraft guns in a terrifying execution ordered by maniacal dictator Kim Jong-un.

The US president's move to punish foreign companies that deal with the North was the latest salvo in a US-led campaign to isolate and impoverish Kim's government until his country halts its missile and nuclear tests.

The "unprecedented rude nonsense" that Kim referred to was a speech that Trump gave at the U.N. General Assembly, where he threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea.

"They said Pacific Ocean, which pretty much means firing a missile over Japan", said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the USA -based Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California.

In his statement, Kim said the president's remarks "have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last".

"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged United States dotard with fire", Kim said in the rare direct statement, referring to Trump.

Trump announced the measures Thursday as he met leaders from South Korea and Japan, the nations most immediately imperiled by North Korea's threats of a military strike.

"Foreign financial institutions are now on notice that going forward they can choose to do business with the United States or with North Korea, but not both", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

Mr Trump's executive order expanded the Treasury Department's ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea, and to ban them from interacting with the USA financial system.

The spokesman, Lu Kang, said Beijing complies with U.N. Security Council resolutions.

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