Rex Tillerson: Trump 'ultimately' decides North Korea military response

Kim Jong-un

Trump's comments come after Kim blasted Trump on Thursday, calling him a "dotard" and threatening to escalate North Korea's nuclear weapons program despite the USA imposing increased sanctions on the country. "We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un".

North Korea will consider the "highest level of hardline countermeasure in history", Kim said, without elaborating, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon.

North Korea's foreign minister later said that could be a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean if Kim orders it.

Early Friday, Kim said that the president's remarks at the United Nations merit the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

Tillerson, who defended Trump's remarks at the United Nations General Assembly, said the decision of military action rests with the president, who has said the United States could "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself and allies. He relishes sanctions and insults, because it's all headed in the right direction of Trump slipping up and saying something that could justify Kim using a nuclear weapon to obliterate the United States of America.

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His words follow the US President's threat to "totally destroy" North Korea, comments described by Mr Kim as "the most ferocious declaration of a war in history".

Brzezinski read out the statements from Kim and Trump; the latter she called "unbelievable". These words yesterday, however, carry the weight of an unprecedented personal rebuke from North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un.

"Kim Jong Un of North obviously a madman".

The White House, meanwhile, took the another step in its so-called "peaceful pressure" campaign to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear program, expanding sanctions on North Korea and those who do business with the country.

North Korean state media KCNA also published a round up of criticism of Trump's speech in Western and Russian media outlets.

Ri said the potential test of "the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb" would be one possible "highest-level" action against the USA, according to the report.


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