'Madman' Kim Jong-Un doesn't mind starving or killing his people

Kim fires off insults at Trump and hints at weapons test

Kim fires off insults at Trump and hints at weapons test

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 global community.

Seismologists have pointed at a particularly powerful underground bomb test earlier this month as a likely hydrogen bomb, the strongest munition the nation has ever tested.

North Korea says China's ruling Communist Party media outlets are "going under the armpit of the U.S." by criticizing Pyongyang's weapons program.

Hours later, North Korea's foreign minister, citing that "highest level" phrase from Kim, told reporters in NY that Kim might have been signaling a plan to conduct a test of a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific.

“We can not deny the possibility it may fly over our country, ” he said.

Ri, who was talking to reporters in NY ahead of a planned address later this week, also said he did not know Kim's exact thoughts.

"I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech", Kim said, in a statement released by the official Korean Central News Agency.

Kim said the North would consider the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" against the United States and that Trump's comments had confirmed his own nuclear programme was "the correct path". "Regarding which measures to take, I don't really know since it is what Kim Jong Un does", said Ri.

'I'd like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world, ' the statement further said. "We are talking about putting a live nuclear warhead on a missile that has been tested only a handful of times".

"Trump said the new executive order on sanctions gives further authorities to target individual companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea".

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said North Korea might conduct an H-bomb test with a medium-range or intercontinental ballistic missile, given its recent advances in missile and nuclear weapons development.

Describing Mr Trump as "mentally deranged," he added: "After taking office, Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world".

"I will surely and definitely tame the deranged USA dotard with fire", Kim said on Thursday, according to reports.

It "will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind", Trump said. Last week, China announced that its central banks would stop doing business with the country.

North Korea says it needs to have a nuclear deterrent because the United States intends to invade it. Analysts say the North is likely to soon achieve its objective of possessing nuclear missiles capable of reaching any part of the USA homeland.

“In principle, China has always implemented the U.N. Security Councils resolutions in their entirety and fulfilled our due responsibility, ” Lu Kang, the Chinese spokesman, told a regular briefing.

Mr Trump also said China was imposing major banking sanctions, but there was no immediate confirmation from the North's most important trading partner.

The rare statement from the North Korean leader responded to Trump's combative speech days earlier where he not only issued the warning of potential obliteration for the isolated nation, but also mocked the North's young autocrat as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission".

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