Trump bank ban statement 'not consistent' with facts, says China

Andrew Cummings
September 24, 2017

Luther Strange, Trump lashed out against Kim, telling the crowd, "we can't have madmen out there shooting rockets all over the place".

Trump had earlier threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury". Kim drew a critical comparison between Trump and his predecessors in the White House, calling him unfit to hold the position of commander in chief.

Now the standoff is between Kim Jong Un, who seems even more reckless and unhinged than his predecessors, and Donald Trump, the most brash and unpredictable president we've ever had.

Trump announced new USA sanctions on Thursday that he said allow targeting of companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea.

South Korea's government said it was the first direct address to the world by any North Korean leader.

"I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying [North Korea]", Kim said.

Two seismic events recorded in North Korea were probably aftershocks from the state's missile test on 3 September, experts say.

And while we're glad Trump's administration insists it is seeking a diplomatic resolution, we wonder if his insulting language describing North Korea's Kim Jong Un won't do more harm than good.

The United Nations Security Council, including permanent member Beijing, approved tough sanctions against Pyongyang last week in response to its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

His foreign minister has now said that Mr Trump is trying to convert the United Nations into a "gangsters nest" where "bloodshed is order of the day".

Just hours after this announcement, North Korea's foreign minister gave a scornful response to Trump's threat and likened it to the sound of "a dog barking".

Mr 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 United States financial system. "If they can't do that, North Korea will be there forever".

Japan's defense minister Itsunori Onodera said the country must ready itself for the sudden escalation in tensions and be prepared for a missile launch.

Mr Kim had insisted his country's nuclear programme will continue, hinting it may explode a hydrogen bomb, and vowed that Pyongyang would consider the highest level of hardline countermeasure in history against the US.

So-called atmospheric tests of nuclear weapons were banned by the US, the then-Soviet Union and numerous world's nations in a 1963 treaty, though China conducted the last such test known worldwide in 1980.

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