“This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any USA fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take (North Korea’s) reckless behavior”, said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White.
Trump has unleashed many strong statements on North Korea including his August warning the North will be met with “fire and fury“.
“We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the USA homeland and our allies”.
The escalation in warring rhetoric came after Kim responded to Trump’s “rocket man” speech at the U.N. General Assembly this week by branding him a “mentally deranged dotard” – an insult that has left many people reaching for their dictionaries to determine which leaders’ comments were more offensive or inflammatory.
North Korea has launched dozens of missiles this year, several of them flying over Japan, as it accelerates a weapons program aimed at enabling it to target the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.
The Pentagon said the B-1B Lancer bombers came from Guam and the U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts came from Okinawa, Japan.
Ri, who takes the podium on Saturday, dismissed Trump’s threats to destroy his country as “a dog’s bark” and said they would have zero impact.
Hours later, Kim’s foreign minister told reporters in NY that Pyongyang could launch a nuclear missile test in response.
In addition, taking into consideration the fact that this executive order enables the sanctioning of any individual or entity involved in the import or export of North Korean goods, services and technology, or that any ships or aircrafts that landed in North Korea cannot land in the United States for 180 days, the executive order can be considered as being quite robust.
China’s Earthquake Administration said the quake was not a nuclear explosion and had the characteristics of a natural tremor. But the South Korean weather agency official said the analysis of seismic waves and the lack of sound waves clearly showed that the quake wasn’t caused by an artificial explosion.
A US intelligence official and USA -based non-governmental experts said their initial assessment was that the quake was either natural or connected to North Korea’s latest and largest nuclear test on Sept.3, and not caused by a new nuclear test.
“In this case we saw none”. They believe the activity was the result of a natural quake.
Ri, who was talking to reporters in NY ahead of a planned address later this week, also said he did not know Kim’s exact thoughts.
North Korea has been testing missiles at an unprecedented rate, and conducted its sixth nuclear test despite global condemnation. The USGS measured this month’s nuclear test at magnitude 6.3. Other possible causes include landslides or the collapsing of test structures such as tunnels, said Hong Tae-kyung, a professor at the department of Earth System Sciences at Yonsei University. Satellite photos after the September 3 quake showed numerous landslides apparently caused by the massive blast, which North Korea said was an advanced hydrogen bomb. They also want strict Chinese enforcement of United Nations sanctions that were tightened this month after North Korea’s most powerful nuclear test to date.
The comments are the North’s first response to Trump’s debut speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, during which he vowed to “totally destroy North Korea” if provoked.
He also saluted China’s central bank for what he said was a move to stop its banks from trading with North Korea.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said in a written statement that it will restrict exports of refined petroleum products from October 1, and ban the export of condensate oil and liquefied natural gas immediately.
The secretary of state also hinted that the current pressure campaign against North Korea is starting to bear fruit.
The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, a watchdog group that works to end nuclear testing worldwide, said there were two seismic events Saturday in North Korea, neither of very large magnitude.