North Korea Threatens 'Strongest Hydrogen Bomb Test Over Pacific Ocean'

THE BUZZ: Headed for a showdown?

THE BUZZ: Headed for a showdown?

The Maritime Self-Defense Force conducted exercises with the U.S. Navy on Friday amid North Korea's continued nuclear and missile tests, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, making remarks that angered the leader of North Korea.

The statement, in which Kim said he would consider the highest level of strong countermeasures against the U.S., is being viewed as a direct response to U.S. President Donald Trump's strong criticism against him and North Korea at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

South Korea says Kim Jong Un's rebuke against U.S. President Donald Trump marked the first time a North Korean leader directly issued a statement to the global community under his name.

His remarks came shortly after the North Korean state news agency released a transcript of a rare personal statement by Mr Kim, in which he hit back at the U.S. president's "deranged" address at the UN.

"I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the USA pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK", said the statement carried by North's official Korean Central News Agency on Friday morning. -North Korea crisis a country-to-country war of words.

It's unclear how a North Korean hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific might be carried out.

Throughout several presidential administrations, what to do about North Korea has remained a conundrum.

Kim's statement was unusual because it was written in the first person.

China remains leery of pressuring North Korea into collapse and has resisted cutting off its critical oil supplies, not wanting chaos on its border.

Trump'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 regime claimed that it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb earlier this month, and conducted another missile test days later.

In recent months, it has twice tested intercontinental ballistic missiles that could conceivably target the USA mainland if perfected, launched two intermediate-range missiles that went soaring over US ally Japan, and carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test yet.

"If (North Korea) did, it would be condemned by everyone - the Chinese and the Russians would be just as upset as the USA", he told the news organization.

Trump's latest steps to punish foreign companies that deal with the North was the latest salvo in a US -led campaign to isolate and impoverish the government of Kim Jong Un until it halts the missile and nuclear tests. "It is truly terrifying if something goes wrong".

Lavrov on Friday again pushed a proposal by Moscow and Beijing for a dual suspension of North Korean weapons tests and the U.S.

Kim basically called Trump old and senile, but while Kim did not actually say the word "dotard", it was translated that way, Mashable reported.

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

Trump also tweeted a number of messages complimenting his controversial United Nations speech.

Japanese officials say North Korea could send a nuclear-armed missile over Japan if it tests a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.

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