Nuclear test aftershock blamed for mysterious North Korea tremor

Cheryl Sanders
September 24, 2017

Mr Trump had warned the North Korean leader in his UN address on Tuesday that the United States, if threatened, would "totally destroy" the country of 26 million people and mocked Kim as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission. Ri did not elaborate on when the detonation might take place and added that any final decision on the matter would be taken by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Hours later, Kim branded him as "deranged" and warned that he will "pay dearly" for his threat to "totally destroy" the North if it attacks USA interests.

He blasted Mr. Trump's maiden speech to the U.N. General Assembly as "unprecedented rude nonsense".

Earlier in the week, Mr Trump dubbed Kim "rocket man on a suicide mission" and told the United Nations General Assembly he would "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatened the USA and its allies.

China today disputed US President Donald Trumps statement that it has asked Chinese banks to cut off business ties with North Korea, saying it was "inconsistent with facts".

'We have to calm down the hot heads and understand that we do need pauses, that we do need some contacts, ' Russian Foreign Minister said.

A handful of North Korea analysts believe Kim's response - the first time he has ever released a first-person statement - could show how personally the young leader took Trump's speech.

"It is only a forlorn hope to consider any chance that the DPRK (North Korea) would be shaken an inch or change its stance due to the harsher sanctions by the hostile forces", the foreign minister said.

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un traded a new set of insults Friday, just days after Mr. Trump's stern speech targeting North Korea and Iran at the United Nations.

"This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean".

He said sanctions would have no effect on Pyongyang's resolve to develop its nuclear weapons, with the ultimate goal being "balance of power with the U.S".

But the North Korean leader said remarks by the "deranged" United States president convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea.

Two South Korean officials at the Korea Meteorological Administration told CNN that their analysis so far suggests Saturday's seismic activity around the nuclear site was not caused by an explosion or a collapse of the site. Experts say it could have been a geological response to the test.

Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say.

The Pentagon said the B-1B Lancer bombers came from Guam and the US Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts came from Okinawa, Japan.

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