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Published: Mon, September 25, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Kim Jong Un a 'madman' who 'will be tested like never before'

Kim Jong Un a 'madman' who 'will be tested like never before'

"There's a certain amount of bluster that's taken for granted when you're dealing with North Korea", the official told Reuters.

Vipin Narang, a nuclear strategy expert at MIT, said that such a test could pose a danger to shipping and aircraft, even if the North declared a keep-out zone. But he did not make any mention of such a test on Saturday.

The statement by Kim Jong Un responded to Trump's combative speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday where he mocked Kim as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission," and said that if "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

Trump's executive order expanded the Treasury Department's ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea, and to ban them from interacting with the USA financial system.

The president responded to Ri's speech in a late night tweet Saturday. "The order enhances the treasury department's authorities to target any individual or entity that conducts significant trade in goods, services, or technology with North Korea".

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. "These are what constitute the gravest threat to the worldwide peace and security today".

Ri Yong Ho called the American president "a mentally deranged person full of megalomania and complacency" with his finger on the "nuclear button".

Earlier: The Pentagon said B-1B bombers from Guam, along with F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in worldwide airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday. These words yesterday, however, carry the weight of an unprecedented personal rebuke from North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un. It was characterized as a demonstration of "resolve".

"North Korea's weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire global community".

"We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the United States homeland and our allies", Ms White said.

There has been name-calling and heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang this week as the United Nations met in NY.

"Foreign financial institutions must choose between doing business with the United States or facilitating trade with North Korea or its designated supporters", a statement released by the White House said.

Tensions have risen as North Korea has resisted intense global pressure to halt its nuclear and missile programmes, with Trump and Kim exchanging ever-more threatening rhetoric. "The Secretary-General emphasized the need for a political solution".

Kim ended his statement with this fiery warning: "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged United States dotard with fire".

"I'd like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world", Kim said.

"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire".

Though the majority of North Korea's imports come from China, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said "This action is directed at everyone" and the steps are "in no way specifically directed at China".

China, North Korea's economic lifeline, has gradually imposed greater economic sanctions on its neighbor, including caps on oil.

A ban on textile imports from the North will go into effect immediately, the statement said.

On Thursday, Mr Trump announced more economic sanctions against the impoverished and isolated country, targeting foreign companies that deal with the North.

North Korea's foreign minister later said that could be a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean if Kim orders it. "Tolerance for this disgraceful practice must end now". Then when asked if diplomacy was still a possible, he said: "Why not?"

The Korea Meteorological Administration also cited the possibility that the seismic activity Saturday occurred because of the geological stress from the nuclear test. It was quickly confirmed as just an quake.

Park Jong-shin, an analyst for the agency, agreed the latest earthquakes might be aftershocks. Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date drawing stiffer United Nations sanctions.

The US Geological Survey measured a magnitude 3.5 quake 22 kilometers (more than 13 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea.

"We can not deny the possibility it may fly over our country", he said.

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