North Korea threatens of hydrogen bomb test in Pacific Ocean

Posted September 24, 2017

The veiled threat is on the back of another round of sanctions on the North announced by US President Donald Trump.

The quake, which South Korea put at magnitude 3.0, was detected in Kilju county in North Hamgyong Province, where North Korea's known Punggyeri nuclear site is located, the official said.

President Donald Trump heightened fears of a nuclear confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, which had been building for weeks, up a few notches with his blunt threat to "totally destroy" North Korea.

"The United States is a nation of great strength and patience", Trump said at the U.N. Tuesday, "but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

On Thursday Trump announced new US sanctions that he said allow targeting of companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea. -North Korea nuclear crisis, no one can be sure where this would lead or whether the North will even carry out its threat.

The US president said China's action was a "somewhat unexpected move and we appreciate it".

Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on September 3 and has launched dozens of missiles this year as it accelerates a program aimed at enabling it to target the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

"We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the USA homeland and our allies".

The 2018 Games are to be staged in Pyeongchang, just 80 km (50 miles) from the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, the world's most heavily armed border.

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.

"None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission", Ri said in a full-throated rebuke to Trump's remarks.

The previous natural disaster, measuring 6.2 magnitude, struck the North last month after the Kim Jong-un regime tested the atomic hydrogen bomb.

Pyongyang later said it had tested a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a missile - an assertion that no foreign government has so far confirmed.

"Textiles are believed to be the North's biggest source of foreign revenue following rounds of United Nations sanctions under which Beijing cut off purchases of coal, iron ore, seafood and other goods", the AP says.

But it is unclear whether any amount of financial or economic pain would induce Kim Jong-un to relinquish its nuclear weapons and missiles, which he believes are essential for the regime's survival.

It wasn't immediately clear how big the reduction might possibly be as China doesn't disclose details of trade with isolated North Korea.

Only, the word was not directly uttered by Kim, who had spoken in Korean.

Trump has at times hinted that he is impressed by the young dictator, stating that "If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, i would absolutely, i would be honoured to do it".

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He described the exchange of insults between the USA and North Korean leaders was "quite bad, unacceptable".

"The global community is raising voices of denunciation, being deeply concerned about such outbursts and wild words as "total destruction" of a sovereign state, not just "overturn of social system" and "regime change", he said".

U.S. Treasury and gold prices rose while the Japanese yen strengthened on Friday as the exchange of barbs fueled geopolitical jitters and drove investors into assets considered safer during times of turmoil. Sales of liquefied natural gas are banned outright. He stressed that Trump's insults were an irreversible mistake, asserting that North Korean rockets will inevitably fall on the continental U.S.

"We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first".

Moon, of South Korea, praised Trump's hardline stance on Pyongyang, and his general assembly speech.

The head of the nuclear test monitoring agency CTBTO said on Saturday that analysts were "looking at unusual seismic activity of a much smaller magnitude" than the Sept 3 test in North Korea.

"They may be bluffing, but there is a need for them to test their combined missile-bomb capability".

The world hasn't dealt with an atmospheric test since 1980, when China detonated a weapon over Lop Nur, in the country's northwest, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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