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Korea Threatens Nuclear Bomb Test Over Pacific Ocean After Trump's UN Speech

Korea Threatens Nuclear Bomb Test Over Pacific Ocean After Trump's UN Speech”

A day after North Korea's leader called President Donald Trump "deranged" and "a rogue and a gangster", Trump fired back, tweeting Friday morning that Kim Jon Un "is obviously a madman".

A North Korean defector has revealed she saw 11 musicians "blown to bits" by anti-aircraft guns in a terrifying execution ordered by maniacal dictator Kim Jong-un.

Meanwhile Trump on Thursday said that the United States would roll out new sanctions against North Korea, hinting at a new travel ban. The explosion caused a 6.3 magnitude quake that was felt over the Chinese border in Yanji.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera noted a Pacific test could mean a nuclear-armed missile flying over Japan.

It was used in an unusual direct statement from Kim that the Korean Central News Agency transmitted verbatim in response to Trump's speech at the United Nations this week, in which he mocked Kim as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission", and said that if the U.S.is "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

Kim's statement was a unique escalation itself, marking the first time Kim or his predecessors had addressed the world directly, according to Seoul's Unification Ministry, which is responsible for North-South relations.

For North Korea, the threats to overturn of the social system and "regime change" have always been in their comfort zone, as they did not expect a USA president to actually act militarily against them.

Responding to the speech, Kim said Trump's comments amounted to an insult.

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Wednesday termed Trump's speech at UNGA as "sound of a dog barking".

"Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say", Kim said. He advised the president "to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world".

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It was the first time for a North Korean leader to issue such a direct statement against a USA president, dramatically escalating the war of words between the former wartime foes and raising the global nuclear standoff to a new level. Trump also claimed China's banking system had shut down business with the country. China's embassy in Washington declined to comment Thursday.

Trump said the China action he described "was a somewhat unexpected move and we appreciate it".

There was no immediate confirmation from the Chinese government that it had imposed a financial embargo on North Korea.

It came in the wake of the United States widening the existing economic sanctions against the regime in Pyongyang on Thursday.

Even though North Korea has often made news for testing missiles on a regular basis, it has been in the eye of the storm since it tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, inviting the wrath of numerous nations including the United States. "Today, I announced a new Executive Order with re: to North Korea".

The order boosts the US Treasury's ability to clamp down on individuals and companies that finance and facilitate trade with the reclusive state. The same restriction would apply to any vessel involvement in ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean vessels. The United States had pressed for a complete ban on oil sales to the North but received pushback from China and Russian Federation.

"To prevent sanctions evasion, the order also includes measures created to disrupt critical North Korean shipping and trade networks", he said.

"I think that it could be an H-bomb test at an unprecedented level perhaps over the Pacific", he said - while adding: "It is up to our leader so I do not know well".

The sanctions ban 90 percent of North Korean exports and were approved by Russian Federation and China, who had previously maintained closer ties to North Korea.



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