Kim Jong Un calls Trump 'dotard,' ramps up war of words

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Seismologists have pointed at a particularly powerful underground bomb test earlier this month as a likely hydrogen bomb, the strongest munition the nation has ever tested.

Trump branded Kim "Rocket Man" and threatened to "totally destroy North Korea" in his United Nations speech.

Tillerson says American diplomatic efforts "continue unabated" to try to bring Kim's government to the negotiating table.

Despite China's statement, South Korea reviewed the data collected from the quake and said that it appears to have been a natural occurrence completely unrelated to a potential nuclear test.

President Donald Trump is again assailing North Korea Kim Jong Un, saying that he "will be tested like never before".

The threat came soon after Kim declared he will consider the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" against the U.S. in response to President Donald Trump's threat to destroy the North.

Kim's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters Pyongyang might now consider detonating a hydrogen bomb outside its territory.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in a thinly veiled swipe at the United States, has warned that "military hysteria" over North Korea's nuclear weapons program could lead to "disaster".

The news comes after President Trump announced increased economic sanctions against the country on Thursday.

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The North Korean leader branded the President a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" in a scathing speech delivered personally through state media.

Trump at a campaign rally in Alabama, mocked Kim by continuing to call him "Rocket Man" and "Little Rocket Man", reported the Hill.

The natural disaster was detected in Kilju county in North Hamgyong Province, where North Korea's known Punggyeri nuclear site is located, the official said.

MCEVERS: And he demeaned Trump's rhetoric, saying he was, quote, "surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire rather than a politician". "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged United States dotard with fire".

"Through such a prolonged and arduous struggle, now we are finally only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the state nuclear force", Ri told the annual gathering of world leaders.

In his sanctions announcement yesterday, Mr Trump stopped short of going after Pyongyang's biggest trading partner, China, praising as "tremendous" a move by its central bank ordering Chinese banks to stop doing business with North Korea.

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

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.

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