Kim Jong Un: 'Deranged' Trump will 'pay dearly'

North Korea threatens new hydrogen bomb test in response to US sanctions

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said banks doing business in North Korea would not be allowed to also operate in the United States.

Experts say the most likely way the North would conduct an atmospheric test over the Pacific is to launch a long-range missile - probably overflying Japan - and have its nuclear warhead detonate in the skies over a remote part of the Pacific.

President Trump has threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if the United States was forced to defend itself or its allies against a North Korean attack.

Kim did not specify what action he would take against the United States or Trump, whom he called a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" in the latest bout of insults the two leaders have traded in recent weeks.

Environmental protection ministry official Han Kwang Nam told AFP: "We fear nothing, we are not afraid because we have the greatest ever general, the respected Supreme Leader Comrade Kim Jong-Un". Trump issued the warning of potential obliteration, and mocked the North's young autocrat as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission".

The foreign minister also said the "dangerous reality (is) that the gambler who grew old using threats, frauds and all other schemes to acquire a patch of land holds the nuclear button".

"North Korea's weapons programme is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire global community".

Trump took on Twitter Saturday night to respond to Ri's remarks. Trump said if Ri "echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!"

A senior USA diplomat says a North Korean hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific would be an "unprecedented act of aggression" by the communist nation.

"North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile development is a grave threat to peace and security in our world and it is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal, rogue regime", Trump said as he joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in for lunch. It was characterized as a demonstration of "resolve". In a one-and-only such test in 1962, the USA launched a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile from a submerged submarine.

French Sports Minister Laura Flessel said France's team would not travel to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea if its security can not be guaranteed.

The additional sanctions on Pyongyang, including on its shipping and trade networks, showed that Trump was giving more time for economic pressures to weigh on North Korea after warning about the possibility of military action on Tuesday.

But this is not the first example of North Korea's caustic comments.

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.

European Union ambassadors have reached an initial agreement to impose more economic sanctions on North Korea, going beyond the latest round of United Nations measures, officials and diplomats said.

The US Geological Survey measured a magnitude 3.5 natural disaster 22 kilometers (more than 13 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea.

North Korea's foreign minister is expected to meet on Saturday with United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres, who will send out feelers on the possibility diplomatic talks.

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