Is war coming to North Korea?

Is war coming to North Korea?

Although Kim did not elaborate on what measures he might intend to take, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said the country may consider its most powerful test of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

South Korea says Kim Jong Un's rebuke against U.S. President Donald Trump marked the first time a North Korean leader directly issued a statement to the global community under his name.

North Korea has threatened to conduct a hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific sparking fears World War 3 could break out as Kim Jon-un builds up his nuclear arsenal.

During the rally, speakers who took the podium blasted U.S. President Donald Trump's remark at the United Nations to "totally destroy" North Korea, calling the U.S. leader a "deranged thug" and "lunatic bully".

So far, Pyongyang has not demonstrated an interest in serious discussions, Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said later in a meeting with reporters in NY.

Put aside for a moment the name-calling - "Rocket Man" from Donald Trump earlier this week, "mentally deranged USA dotard" from Kim Jong Un in comments released Friday.

So much for keeping the US-North Korea crisis a country-to-country war of words.

North Korean envoy Ri is expected to meet on Saturday with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who will send out feelers on possible diplomatic talks.

North Korea has been testing missiles at an unprecedented rate, and conducted its sixth nuclear test despite global condemnation.

Trump also announced on Thursday he is planning to sign an executive order that would put sanctions on individuals, companies, and financial institutions that do business with North Korea - or, as Trump put it, "this criminal rogue regime".

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Kim's statement also seems to signal more weapons tests on the horizon - a worrying prospect given the North's willingness to back up its belligerent rhetoric against Trump with action.

He also mocked Kim Jong-un with a disparaging nickname, saying: "Rocket man is on a suicide mission".

The North Korean dictator concluded his comments with a final threat to Trump and the USA: "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire".

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera noted such a test could mean a nuclear-armed missile flying over Japan. Kim described Trump as "a madman" and "a frightened dog" and "a mentally deranged U.S".

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga lambasted North Korea's remarks and behaviour as "absolutely unacceptable".

"Once we can assess the nature of this threat, the president will make a decision regarding the appropriate actions", Tillerson said, adding that Trump would receive advice from the National Security Council and others but that, "ultimately, it will be his decision".

They vowed to keep the top-level momentum going with a successful hosting of Trump's visit to South Korea in November.

Kim reacts to Trump's maiden speech to the UN General Assembly.

Believe it or not, Kim's statement actually used gentler language than his propaganda specialists have favoured in the past. Such action, if confirmed by China, would answer a longstanding request from the US and its allies.

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