North Korea: Can Kim Jong-un reach Hawaii with bombs?

Frederick Owens
September 24, 2017

Speaking in New York City on Friday, Ri Yong Ho, the North's foreign minister, said his country could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale on the Pacific Ocean, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

Trump delivered his first address to the 193-member body on Tuesday, which was criticised by many for its aggressive tone including threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea and mocking the reclusive state's leader Kim as "rocket man".

Kim Jong-un, in his rare personal statement, said: "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire".

"I'm announcing a new executive order I just signed, that significantly expands our authorities to target individuals, companies and financial institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea", President Trump said.

"I expected he would make stereo-typed, prepared remarks a little different from what he used to utter in his office on the spur of the moment as he had to speak on the world's biggest official diplomatic stage", said Kim, according to a transcript of the remarks published by state-run KCNA.

"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire", Kim continued. As per the new penalties', the nations will have to choose whether to do business with the United States or North Korea.

"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", Trump said.

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a news conference on Friday: "North Korea's remarks and behaviour are provocative to regional and worldwide security, and they are absolutely unacceptable".

Kim, of course, did not explicitly say the word himself. The dictionary's Twitter account says searches for the term were "high as a kite" once Jong Un's comments were released.

In a sign of increasing isolation from the global community, China on Friday told its banks to stop doing business with North Korea.

Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter of California told a San Diego news station on Thursday that he wants the U.S. to launch a preemptive strike on North Korea, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The North Korean leader responded.

Peter's said that China needs to intervene before the USA and North Korea go to war. It will further escalate the war of words between the adversaries as the North moves closer to perfecting a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike America. "A frightened dog barks louder".

And Trump, not satisfied with his previous warnings to North Korea, tweeted a message on Friday morning, using the recurring phrase "madman".

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