Trump's insult ensures an attack on the USA, says North Korea

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho speaks outside the U.N. Plaza Hotel in New York Monday Sept. 25 2017

Hour after U.S. bombers flew off the coast of North Korea, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said that it is inevitable that missiles from his country will hit the United States.

The Pentagon said B-1B bombers from Guam, along with F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa in Japan, flew over global airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday.

No other USA fighter or bomber has flown that far north of the Korean demilitarized zone in this century.

North Korea's foreign minister warned Saturday that a strike against the US mainland is "inevitable" because President Donald Trump mocked leader Kim Jong Un with the belittling nickname "little rocketman".

North Korea's top diplomat also said that they will make sure U.S. President Donald Trump will pay for his remarks against Pyongyang.

North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, has said Trump would "pay dearly" for threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea if the US was forced to defend itself or its allies against a North Korean attack.

Ri Yong-ho told the UN General Assembly Mr Trump was on a "suicide mission" and had made "our rockets' visit to the entire United States mainland inevitable", by calling North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "rocket man on a suicide mission" in his own address days earlier.

The weekend saw an escalation in the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang, complete with a USA show of military might over the waters near North Korea and jitters over what seismologists say was an natural disaster near a North Korean nuclear test site.

Ri said that Trump's bombast had made "our rockets' visit to the entire USA mainland inevitable", and linked it to the Trump's insulting shorthand references to Kim.

China will soon begin restricting oil exports to North Korea, the country's Commerce Ministry announced Saturday, marking a major step by Pyongyang's top ally and trading partner to further isolate the country from the global economy.

The White House said North Korea's energy, medical, mining, textiles, and transport industries were among those targeted and that the U.S. Treasury could sanction anyone who owns, controls or operates a port of entry in North Korea.

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho speaks outside the U.N. Plaza Hotel in New York Monday Sept. 25 2017
North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho speaks outside the U.N. Plaza Hotel in New York Monday Sept. 25 2017

North Koreans were also added to a list of travellers that will face restrictions on entry to the United States under new rules introduced by Donald Trump.

Sanders said it is "never appropriate" to shoot down another nation's aircraft in global waters and the administration plans to continue to protect the area.

A watchdog group, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, said that it was examining "unusual seismic activity" but that the tremor was "unlikely man-made".

He said all United Nations members and the world "should clearly remember that it was the US who first declared war on our country".

During his address to the General Assembly on Saturday, Ri launched a personal attack on Trump, calling him a 'mentally deranged person full of megalomania'. The punishing sanctions target North Korea's textiles, fishing and manufacturing industries.

South Korea's weather agency reports a magnitude 3.0 quake in an area of North Korea where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but assessed the seismic activity as natural.

This step was taken as a response to the quake that hit North Korea earlier in the day, that claimed to be connected with nuclear tests.

China halted iron, iron ore and seafood imports after the previous round of sanctions against North Korea last month, AFP noted.

A North Korean ballistic missile could reach Hawaii in less than 20 minutes, according to Denny Roy, a research fellow at the East-West Center whose focus is North Korea and nuclear weapons.

In August, China implemented another UNSC resolution against North Korea, which targeted some key revenue sources of the communist state - coal, iron, and seafood exports among other goods, depriving it of $1 billion annual foreign revenue.



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