North Korea threatens to drop hydrogen bomb in Pacific Ocean

Frederick Owens
September 23, 2017

Mr Mason added: "Kim Jong-un has done, in a metaphorical way, the world a favour because he has put Donald Trump on the back-foot". The crisis has dominated the president's debut at this week's annual General Assembly meeting, where Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend the United States or its allies. Trump also called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "Rocket man".

Kim offered choice insults of his own. He described the president as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire".

"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire", Kim said in the statement carried by the KCNA state news agency, referring to Trump.

Also on Thursday, diplomatic sources told AFP news agency that the European Union had agreed on new sanctions against North Korea, including a ban on investments in the country and on EU exports of oil.

There was no immediate response from the White House.

Trump spoke Thursday at a meeting in NY with the president of Afghanistan.

It was Trump's most direct military threat to attack North Korea and his latest expression of concern about Pyongyang's repeated launching of ballistic missiles over Japan and underground nuclear tests. "In the end, there will only be losers", Gabriel said in his address, three days before Germany's election.

He said North Korea's textiles, fishing, information technology, and manufacturing industries were among those the United States could target. But we should caution that North Korea's threats on the United States are common and part of its propaganda game.

In recent years, the United States has sought to expand the economic pressure by working through the global banking system, where the country has particular leverage because so much of worldwide trade is conducted in dollars. The order from China's central bank could delay any additional penalties.

Mnuchin said he'd spoken with a counterpart in China earlier Thursday. The Chinese authorities have not yet confirmed this development.

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On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said there were "some indications" that sanctions were beginning to cause fuel shortages in North Korea.

Meeting separately with his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, Wang reiterated a call for South Korea to remove the US -built THAAD anti-missile system, which China says is a threat to its own security.

Williams, the North Korea watcher, says he's not alarmed.

South Korean TV footage also showed Ri saying he feels "sorry for his aides" when he was asked about Trump's "Rocket man" comments.

Ms Bishop said the nuclear agreement was "the focus" of her discussions with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Ri, who was talking to reporters in NY ahead of a planned address later this week, however also said he did not know Kim's exact thoughts, according to the report. Asked for comment last week, the Foreign Ministry said China has always fully implemented United Nations sanctions on North Korea but opposes "unilateral" restrictions imposed by another country on Chinese entities. China's embassy in Washington declined to comment Thursday.

Chinese banks have come under scrutiny for their role as a conduit for funds flowing to and from China's increasingly isolated neighbor.

Trump's messengers backed him up in television appearances Thursday.

"We call on all countries around the world to join us by cutting off all trade and financial ties with North Korea in order to achieve a de-nuclearized Korean peninsula", Mnuchin said.

Pyongyang's stated aim is to be able to target the United States mainland and the nation has flaunted the advances in its weapons programme in recent weeks, with the September test of what it said was a miniaturised H-bomb capable of being loaded onto a rocket.

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