Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korea's H-bomb threat comes with potential risks

North Korea's H-bomb threat comes with potential risks

He followed that up by calling Kim "obviously a madman" in a tweet Friday.

"It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific", Ri said, as quoted by South Korean agency Yonhap. - Picture by KCNA via Reuters pic SEOUL, Sept 22 - America's President is many things to many people but "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" is perhaps the most memorable of names to have yet been coined for the billionaire reality television star-turned world leader.

Trump stunned the United Nations in his maiden address on Tuesday by threatening to "totally destory" North Korea if forced to do so. "Other people like to say, 'Oh we want peace.' You know they've been saying for now 25 years, 'Oh we want peace, we want peace.' And then it just keeps going, going, going".

In a country where the Kim family publicly enjoys near-godlike status, Kim's decision to insert himself directly into the tit-for-tat exchanges raises the stakes way above the level of anti-U.S. propaganda North Koreans typically hear.

Kim's retort published today was unusual for its outraged personal tone but it contained numerous familiar KCNA tropes, calling Trump "a rogue and a gangster".

A Washington Post commentary said that Trump's words implied that he threatened not just to uproot the North Korean regime but the entire nation along with its people while The Guardian wrote that Trump's language can not be seen as amusing as "he controls a nuclear arsenal powerful enough to annihilate humanity several times over".

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She holds offices of the state counsellor and minister for foreign affairs, and is the de facto leader of the administration. The first time, Suu Kyi was still under house arrest and spoke mostly about her political goals for democracy in Myanmar.

Trump, in his first address to the UNGA on September 19, attacked North Korea and termed its supreme leader Kim Jong-un as "a rocket man, who is on a suicide mission".

Trump's move to punish foreign companies that deal with the North was the latest salvo in a US-led campaign to isolate and impoverish Kim's government until his country halts its missile and nuclear tests.

Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date, detonating a suspected staged thermonuclear weapon, specifically a hydrogen bomb.

Kim said the North would consider the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" against the United States and that Trump's comments had confirmed his own nuclear program was "the correct path". Amid heightened fears that the world is moving closer towards a nuclear confrontation, China, the only country maintaining diplomatic ties with North Korea, has warned that the crisis on the Korean peninsula is getting more serious by the day and the worldwide community can not allow it to spin out of control.

"Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation".

Pyongyang's response comes hours after Trump signed an executive order that aims to expand his authority to target people and institutions doing business with North Korea.

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