North Korea Threatens to Test Hydrogen Bomb Over Pacific

Cheryl Sanders
September 23, 2017

McKinney, a retired Army colonel who spent more than 40 years working on US-Korea military planning, said he was more concerned that North Korea may test-fire a missile toward Guam, a US territory in the Pacific.

Analysts said they are not surprised by the North's stinging rhetoric, noting that Mr Trump too used provocative words in his United Nations speech.

He added that he would "tame the mentally deranged United States dotard with fire".

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

Russian Federation also urged restraint.

The most recent exchange of expletives began when Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time on Tuesday.

He described Mr Trump as "mentally deranged", adding: "After taking office, Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world".

"We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea", Trump said on Thursday in response to a question at a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in NY on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.

After North's latest missile launch and the sixth nuclear test, the U.S. had suggested that its patience for diplomacy with Pyongyang was running out.

In Beijing, a Foreign Ministry spokesman urged relevant parties to exercise restraint and stop provoking each other.

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".

In response, Kim said remarks by the "deranged" president have convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea.

Kim said his country will consider the "highest level of hard-line counter-measure in history", a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon, but didn't elaborate.

North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles over Japan in the past month, raising regional tensions even further.

Acting U.S. Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific Susan Thornton slammed the whole notion of a North Korean hydrogen bomb test as "outrageous" and warned it would spark a "concerted and determined worldwide response".

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