North Korea could test hydrogen bomb over Pacific Ocean, says foreign minister

World- Merkel reprimanded Trump for North Korea comments

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.

"Regarding which measures to take, I don't really know since it is what Kim Jong Un does", said Ri.

The North Korean leader had attacked Donald Trump days after his speech at the United Nations, in which the USA president said he would "totally destroy" North Korea.

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spent the past week trading insults and ratcheting up the already-high tension between the countries. Kim responded in a statement, calling Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard" and said "a frightened dog barks louder".

I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. He said, "I would like to thank Kim for bringing "dotard" back".

In response, Trump said on Twitter: "Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind killing or starving his people, will be tested like never before!"

Trump's threats to "totally destroy" North Korea is counterproductive and justify Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs that it insists are for self-defense, according to analysts.

He added that he is "thinking hard" about his response and that Trump "will face results beyond his expectation".

The North Korean leader's personal warning is aimed directly at Trump.

"We are talking about putting a live nuclear warhead on a missile that has been tested only a handful of times", said Vipin Narang, a nuclear strategy expert at MIT.

Kim characterized Trump's speech to the world body as "unprecedented rude nonsense".

Though the majority of North Korea's imports come from China, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said "This action is directed at everyone" and the steps are "in no way specifically directed at China". "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire", Kim said in a statement.

The sources said lenders were asked to fully implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea and were warned of the economic losses and reputational risks if they did not do so.

The North Korean leader had said that Trump was "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country" and described the president as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire".

Washington followed on Thursday by announcing tougher sanctions on North Korea.

Satellite photos of the area after the 3 September quake showed numerous landslides apparently caused by the massive blast, which North Korea said was an advanced hydrogen bomb.

Past KCNA reports have used the Korean word against South Korean conservatives, but they rarely translate it as dotard.

Exports of refined petroleum to the North will be limited to two million barrels per year, effective January 1, the Commerce Ministry said.



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