Kim says 'deranged' Trump shows need for nuclear programme

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is not attending the General Assembly, told a German broadcaster that she "clearly" disagrees with Trump's threat Tuesday to destroy North Korea if the forced to defend itself or its allies.

"This mission is a demonstration of USA resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat", said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, calling North Korea's weapons program "a grave threat".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to take the "highest-level" of action against "mentally deranged" US President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes, a state-media report said on Friday.

The quake also caps a week in which President Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un exchanged increasingly bellicose insults toward each other and follows a threat on Thursday by the North to carry out a significantly more unsafe nuclear test.

Trump praised China on Thursday for what he said was instructions to its banks to cut off business with North Korea.

When asked about Trump's statement yesterday that Chinese banks are curbing trade with North Korea, Lu responded: "As far as I know, the circumstances you described are not consistent with fact".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today declared the time for dialogue with North Korea is over and rallied behind a U.S. warning that "all options" are on the table. "We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the USA homeland and our allies".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed hope in an interview with ABC that sanctions and "voices from every corner of the world" could lead North Korea back to talks, but admitted intensifying rhetoric had left Washington "quite challenged".

Marchers followed a banner reading: "Let us safeguard with our lives the central committee of the party headed by the great comrade Kim Jong-Un".

'No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea.

An emergency management official says Hawaii would face thousands of casualties and severe infrastructure damage from a North Korean missile.

It imposes a 180-day ban on vessels and aircraft that have visited North Korea from visiting the United States.

The statement did not name any specific weapons systems.

The new sanctions gave the Trump Administration the power to penalize individual companies and institutions that trade with and finance North Korea.

The president was set to meet with and have lunch Thursday in NY with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who represent the nations most imperiled by North Korea's aggression.

Urging to end blocking these provisions, the Russian foreign minister said there is no alternative to political and diplomatic ways of settling the nuclear situation on the Korean Peninsula. As per AP, the ministry also said it will ban textile imports from the North.

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



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