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Korea: Missile hit on USA inevitable

Korea: Missile hit on USA inevitableā€

In a reportedly improvised remark last month, Trump threatened to bring "fire and fury" upon North Korea if its provocative nuclear tests continue.

There was no immediate reaction from China's Foreign Ministry.

The president assured those in attendance, without details, that he would defend the US against any offensives launched by North Korea: "I can tell you one thing, you are protected, OK?"

China accounts of about 90 percent North Korea's trade, according to The Associated Press. Textiles are one of the North's last major sources of foreign revenue following repeated rounds of United Nations sanctions under which Beijing cut off purchases of coal, iron ore, seafood and other goods. The sale of natural gas will be prohibited and refined petroleum sales will be capped at 2 million barrels annually.

The majority of North Korea's oil likely comes from China, but the exact tally of oil exports remains unknown, as Beijing has not published such data since 2014.

China's Earthquake Administration said the quake was not a nuclear blast after saying earlier the 3.4 magnitude quake detected at 0829 GMT was a "suspected explosion". The country also has tested more than a dozen missiles this year, some of which have flown over Japan - a strong USA ally.

He tweeted: "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!"

Under Kim Jong Un's leadership, Pyongyang carried out several intercontinental ballistic missile tests, including 20 missile tests in 2016.

The North, which says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself against the threat of invasion by a hostile USA, responded on Friday with a rare personal rebuke from Kim, who called Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard" and threatened the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

Trump's promise of military action obviously touched a nerve in Pyongyang, triggering a similarly direct and dismissive response from an offended Kim.

Earlier Saturday, U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers and F-15C Eagle fighter escorts flew in global airspace over the waters east of North Korea in response to Pyongyang's "reckless behavior", Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement.

There have been so many rounds of sanctions against North Korea that it can be hard to keep track. They also argue against doing anything that might hurt ordinary North Koreans. Experts say North Korea also uses shell companies to skirt rules. One thing North Korea is extremely good at is absorbing pain.



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