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

Trump will take 'appropriate' action in event of NK H-bomb test: Tillerson

Trump will take 'appropriate' action in event of NK H-bomb test: Tillerson

Earlier this week, Jong-un referred to the president as a "dotard" and North Korea's foreign minister compared Trump's speech to the U.N.to "the sound of a dog barking".

After talk of tough new sanctions against anyone doing business with North Korea, China ordered its banks to stop doing business with that country.

In recent weeks, North Korea has tested ballistic missiles and an apparent hydrogen bomb in the face of worldwide economic sanctions and warnings.

Mr Joyce was asked by a collection of reporters in Perth on Friday how he felt about the imminent threat of Kim Jong Un's reign and was initially speechless.

In a rare direct statement delivered straight to camera, Kim said that Trump would "pay dearly" for the threats, and that North Korea "will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

Earlier in the week, Mr Trump had used his first speech in front of the UN General Assembly to describe Mr Kim as being a "rocket man on a suicide mission for himself and his regime".

He says Trump's threat to totally destroy North Korea shows the president takes "very seriously" his responsibility to protect Americans. "Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation", Kim said, adding that he would "tame" Trump "with fire".

Washinton and Pyongyang have been at loggerheads over North Korea's nuclear programme in recent months.

What does Kim's "dotard" insult mean?

Seoul's Unification Ministry said Friday neither of the two men who ruled North Korea before Kim Jong Un - his father, Kim Jong Il, and his grandfather and national founder Kim Il Sung - issued any similar statement.

During his United Nations speech, Trump decried North Korea's continued provocations and said if it continued, the USA would "have no choice but to totally destroy" the country.

In addition to the nuclear test, North Korea has launched dozens of missiles since Kim came to power in 2011. He didn't elaborate any further on what this could be, but the next step from the nuclear arms and missiles he's been testing thus far is a #Hydrogen Bomb.

There's no telling exactly where North Korea would conduct this test or when.

North Korea was slapped with new, stiffer sanctions by the United Nations after its sixth and most power nuclear test on September 3.

In a statement released by the North Korea state news agency KCNA, Kim Jong Un called President Trump "deranged" and said he was "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country".

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