South Korean media say North might test nuke in Pacific

Frederick Owens
September 25, 2017

North Korea's foreign minister has warned that Pyongyang could test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean in response to US President Donald Trump's threats of military action during United Nations meeting. He also described the president as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire".

Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in committed to strengthen their "combined defence posture, including through South Korea's acquisition and development of highly advanced military assets" and "agreed to the enhanced deployment of U.S. strategic assets in and around South Korea on a rotational basis", the White House said in a statement.

It is unusual for the North Korean leader to issue such a statement in his own name.

"North Korea has so far conducted underground nuclear tests", said Seo Gyun-ryul, a South Korean nuclear engineer and analyst at Seoul National University.

CHANG: Kim lectured the US president, calling his behavior mentally deranged.

North Korea has threatened to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific, the latest in an escalating tit-for-tat between leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

In a separate report, KCNA made a rare criticism of official Chinese media, saying their comments on the North's nuclear program had damaged ties and suggested Beijing, its only major ally, had sided with Washington.

Declaring that the missile and nuclear tests were a source of "prestige" for his country, Ri said sanctions would not succeed in forcing his government to change course.

The ongoing war of words between the two leaders on opposite sides of the Pacific have been exacerbated in recent months amid growing tension over North Korea's nuclear weapons build-up.

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Earlier, US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew off the coast of North Korea Saturday in show of force, the Pentagon said.

Although it is far from clear what the North will do, Chung said it was possible the North could try to test an H- bomb over the northern Pacific.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that "military hysteria" over the nuclear testing would lead to "disaster", while China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Pyongyang not to go in a "dangerous direction".

"I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the United States pay dearly for his speech", which he called "unprecedented rude nonsense".

As for the threat, Kim said "A frightened dog barks louder".

Kim said he is "thinking hard" about his response and that he would "tame the mentally deranged U".

He ended by saying he would "surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire".

The September 3rd test was North Korea's most powerful detonation, triggering a much stronger 6.3-magnitude quake that was felt across the border in China. That might include firing a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile over Japan to a range of around 7,000 kilometres (4,349 miles) to display a capability to reach Hawaii or Alaska.

President Trump said the measures would "cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind". The UN, in response, ordered new sanctions against the Kim Jong Un regime.

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