Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

N Korea may test H-bomb in Pacific

N Korea may test H-bomb in Pacific

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump warned North Korea in his speech to the U.N. that the United States would "totally destroy" the country if threatened.

He added that "Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world".

Terming North Korea's latest violation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions as a source of deep regret, the spokeswoman said, "We are convinced that now it is more important than ever before for all parties involved to stop escalating tensions that are accompanying every new round of reactions and counter reactions".

The North's incessant glorification of Kim is abetted in large part by its success in portraying a leader willing and able to defy, with threats and proud disdain, a purported US -led campaign to crush North Korea with the toughest imaginable sanctions.

China on Saturday announced that it would restrict oil exports to North Korea from October 1 and also suspend textile imports from Pyongyang.

The Pentagon said the B-1B Lancer bombers came from Guam and the U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts came from Okinawa, Japan.

Trump said the measure would also disrupt other trade avenues for North Korea in efforts to halt its nuclear weapons program. "We have developed strong allies and strong alliances internationally".

He called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "rocket man" and accused him of being on a "suicide mission for himself and for his regime".

Mr Kim said he is "thinking hard" about his response and that he would "tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire".

South Korea's weather agency, however, said it was examining the quake and took the view that it was a naturally occurring phenomenon.

The latest round of war of words between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership risks escalating into yet another show of force by Pyongyang, as it allegedly weighs the option of testing an H-bomb, according to a suggestion made by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY on Thursday.

The North accuses the United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, of planning to invade and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies.

"This is unprecedented, as far as we can tell", Narang said.

"There is a saying that goes: Even when dogs bark, the parade goes on".

The North Korean ruler described Trump as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire", he also added that the Republican billionaire was unfit to hold the top position at the White House.

Kim characterized Trump's speech to the world body as "mentally deranged behavior".

"I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the United States pay dearly for his speech".

This is not a rhetorical expression loved by Trump. Kim did indicate he was "thinking hard" about a response and that he had a particular strategy in mind.

Kim had delivered a tongue-lashing of his own - vowing to "surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire", in an address read out on state television by a star news anchor before a still image of Kim at his desk.

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