Two tremors detected in North Korea raise concerns about missile testing

Pauline Gross
September 25, 2017

North Korea could consider testing a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean in retaliation to Donald Trump's threats to destroy the country, Pyongyang's Foreign Minister said Friday.

Kim Jong-un, North Korean leader, says he will make "mentally deranged" President Donald Trump pay dearly for threatening to totally destroy the east Asian country.

But the North Korean leader said remarks by the "deranged" U.S. president convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea.

Responding directly and sharply to Donald Trump, who had called Kim "Rocket Man" at the United Nations, Kim Jong Un released a statement in which he had a few choice words for the USA president.

Kim vowed to take "a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history", in response to Trump's threat.

Previously, KCNA has labelled former US President George W. Bush a "half-baked man", ex-South Korean leader Park Geun-Hye a "crafty prostitute", and called previous US leader Barack Obama her "pimp".

"This new executive order will authorize Treasury to impose a range of sanctions such as suspending US corresponding account access to any foreign bank that knowingly conducts or facilitates significant transactions tied to trade with North Korea", Mnuchin said, but will only apply only to future behavior.

Responding to Donald Trump's bellicose warning to North Korea about the programme, Kim on Friday called the USA president a "dotard" - at least in a translation by the state news agency KCNA.

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"If your hate for Trump is so great that you're praising murderer dictator Kim Jong-un, you might be a democrat".

Tensions over North Korea's weapons programme have been ratcheting higher for months as Pyongyang launched a flurry of missiles and the nuclear blast.

The heated remarks also came on a day in which mysterious seismic activity in North Korea refueled concerns over the rogue nation's nuclear ambitions. "To be on social media and celebrate Kim Jong Un calling POTUS #DotardTrump is unfathomable". Later, the China Earthquake Administration revised its estimation, saying the quake was not a nuclear detonation.

North Korea has been maintaining a torrid pace in nuclear and weapons tests as it accelerates its pursuit of nuclear weapons that could viably target the United States and its allies in Asia.

Kim then assured that "whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation".

Kim responded to Trump's remarks at the United Nations meeting in a statement on state media, calling the president "mentally deranged".

McKinney, a retired Army colonel who spent more than 40 years working on U.S. -Korea military planning, said he was more concerned that North Korea may test-fire a missile toward Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific. The rare statement from the North Korean leader responded to Trump's combative speech days earlier where he not only issued the warning of potential obliteration for the isolated nation, but also mocked the North's young autocrat as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission". Kim Jong Un thinks he is.

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