North Korea FM raises threat of H-bomb test in Pacific Ocean

Despite tensions rising abroad Korean New Zealanders say war

He said Trump had insulted his country in the eyes of the world, and threatened to "surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged United States dotard with fire".

Kim said he would consider the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" against the U.S. and that Mr Trump's comments only confirmed his own nuclear program was "the correct path".

"Lacking basic common knowledge, he tried to insult the supreme dignity of my country by referring to it by term rocketman", he sai, referring to Mr Trump's most recent comments about North Korean leader King Jong-un.

The tougher stance follows North Korea's largest nuclear test earlier this month.

The White House, meanwhile, took the another step in its so-called "peaceful pressure" campaign to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear program, expanding sanctions on North Korea and those who do business with the country.

North Korea struck back at U.S. President Donald Trump's threats to destroy it, with Kim Jong Un warning of the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" and his foreign minister suggesting that could include testing a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific ocean.

Citing the "disastrous" US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Preston said a direct military confrontation with Pyongyang would be "even more disastrous".

The order came as European Union ambassadors agreed draft sanctions against North Korea, including a ban on investments in the country and on EU exports of oil.

South Korea's weather service, however, said the minor quake was natural.

The country also tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July that appeared to bring much of the United States mainland into range.

In recent months, North Korea has launched a pair of intercontinental missiles believed capable of striking the continental USA and another pair that soared over Japanese territory.

On Tuesday, Trump insulted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission".

"We are engaging with North Korea's most important supporters; economic supporters; their friends, China and Russian Federation, to have them also engage with Kim Jong Un on this issue", he said. "He was clearly offended by the speech, and what concerns me most is the response he says he is considering". Guterres expressed concern to Ri over the escalating tensions and appealed for de-escalation, the United Nations said in a statement.

The Pentagon said the B-1B Lancer bombers came from Guam and the US Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts came from Okinawa, Japan.

Pyongyang in turn said it has prepared a military plan to fire missiles into the waters near Guam, home to major USA bases, but was putting the plan on hold as it monitored US behavior.



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