Madman Kim Jong Un will be tested like never before

Trump Piles Economic Action Onto His NKorea Military Threats

Trump Piles Economic Action Onto His NKorea Military Threats

"Would we really start a war over such an act?"

On the fringes of the world meeting, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters Pyongyang might now consider detonating a hydrogen bomb outside its territory.

"We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea".

"Although I am sure such a launch would be very alarming to people in Japan, there is little the United States or Japan could do", he said.

Trump responded by tweeting that Kim is "obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people".

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.

The 2018 Games are to be staged in Pyeongchang, just 80 km (50 miles) from the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, the world's most heavily armed border.

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

Trump and Kim have been lobbing threats at each other over the past few months, with this latest round tipped off by Trump's speech at the United Nations on Tuesday.

Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in committed to strengthen their "combined defence posture, including through South Korea's acquisition and development of highly advanced military assets" and "agreed to the enhanced deployment of USA strategic assets in and around South Korea on a rotational basis", the White House said in a statement.

Mark Dice, a conservative media analyst, tweeted that "liberals are now siding with North Korea after he called Trump a #dotard (meaning an old, senile person)".

"Why not?" he said, when asked whether there could be talks with Pyongyang. KCNA last used the word in February to describe supporters of ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye, whom it also called "neukdari" and a "prostitute".

Under the diplomatic Joint Framework Agreement reached by President Bill Clinton in 1994, the north was provided aid, including two light nuclear reactors, in exchange for it ending its nuclear weapons program.

There have only been a handful of times when atmospheric nuclear tests involved ballistic missiles, including China's fourth nuclear test in 1966.

Trump has become known for using language similar to that usually employed by North Korea. He also said the US military was "locked and loaded". Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow was "deeply concerned by an escalation of tensions".

For North Korea, the threats to overturn of the social system and "regime change" have always been in their comfort zone, as they did not expect a US president to actually act militarily against them.

TRUMP: The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listens during a UN Security Council meeting concerning nuclear non-proliferation at the UN headquarters in NY on September 21, 2017. We got to know, because social media. "If that doesn't work, Gen. Mattis will take care of it", Haley told CNN earlier this month.

Trump made the comments on Twitter after North Korea threatened to conduct a new test of a hydrogen bomb in response to new USA sanctions.

But he said there were questions about North Korea's technical capabilities and Washington did not give "too much credence" to Pyongyang taking such action.

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