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Tremor of 3.4 Detected Near NKorea Nuclear Test Site

24 September 2017

Leader Kim Jong Un did not specify what action he would take against the U.S. or Trump, whom he called a "mentally deranged United States dotard" in the latest bout of insults the two leaders have traded in recent weeks.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacted sharply to U.S. President Donald Trump's recent United Nations address in a very rare statement reported Friday, warning that Washington could face the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure".

CHANG: Kim lectured the USA president, calling his behavior mentally deranged.

"The president obviously takes very seriously the security of the American people".

Kim's statement was unusual because it was written in the first person.

He added that North Korea's textile, fishing, information technology, and manufacturing industries were among those the United States could target with the sanctions.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned President Trump that he will make the USA leader "pay dearly" for his threat to totally destroy North Korea, in an unusual direct and angry statement published Friday. "However, we do not have any intention at all to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against the countries that do not join in the U.S.military actions against the DPRK".

"Trump might not be aware what is uttered from his mouth", Ri said, adding North Korea will be "sure" he pays.

Trump made the comments on Twitter after North Korea threatened to conduct a new test of a hydrogen bomb in response to new USA sanctions.

The patrols came after officials and experts said a small natural disaster near North Korea's nuclear test site on Saturday was probably not man-made, easing fears Pyongyang had exploded another nuclear bomb just weeks after its last one.

Trump made the announcement during a lunchtime meeting in NY with leaders of South Korea and Japan - two USA allies that have been shaken by North Korea's nuclear saber rattling.

North Korea is interested in testing a hydrogen bomb in the middle of the Pacific, according to reports.

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In his first address to the UN, Trump on Tuesday said that the USA was ready to "totally destroy" North Korea if it was forced to defend its allies, a warning seen as unprecedented for a United States president delivering an address to the world's leaders and top diplomats.

Some analysts saw a clear sign that North Korea would ramp up its already brisk pace of weapons testing, which has included missiles meant to target US forces throughout Asia and the USA mainland.

Kim's statement took a jab at Trump in part by echoing critics who have rebuked Trump's off-the-cuff remarks in the early months of his presidency.

On Twitter, Trump followed up Friday by calling Kim a "mad man who doesn't mind starving or killing is own people", and that Kim would be "tested like never before". North Korea has fired missiles over the coast of Japan, and has tested atomic weapons.

"There are good reasons why nuclear weapons and nuclear missiles are usually tested separately. And it's like Secretary Mnuchin said: If you're going to support North Korea, then you have to be prepared to be sanctioned as well".

Ri contended on Saturday that its programs - including a hydrogen bomb and an intercontinental ballistic missile - were only meant as a defense from America.

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Tremor of 3.4 Detected Near NKorea Nuclear Test Site