Mr Trump also said China was imposing major banking sanctions, but there was no immediate confirmation from the North’s most important trading partner. The crisis has dominated the Trump’s debut at this week’s annual U.N. General Assembly meeting.
Later, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the UN Security Council: “North Korea may assume that nuclear weapons may ensure the survival of its regime”.
The speech made by the USA president in his maiden address on the United Nations arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern.
Such a test would be a “game-changer” if North Korea actually did it, the official said. Those living near Bikini Atoll, where the United States tested many of its nuclear weapons in the mid to late 20th century, are still dealing with a range of health-related issues.
After President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, the reclusive nation threatened to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean in response.
Analysts in Seoul also saw the statement as a warning that more tests, possibly of the country’s developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles, should be expected.
South Korea’s government noted that Kim’s response, written in the first person, was the first such direct address to the world by any North Korean leader.
Ri Yong Ho spoke to reporters in NY shortly after Kim made an unprecedented televised statement, accusing Trump of being a “mentally deranged USA dotard”.
It’s the latest escalation in a suddenly personal war of words between the two leaders that’s stretched back weeks, unfolding as North Korea has showcased an enhanced nuclear missile capability.
Conversely, the US President has taken to calling Mr Kim “Rocket Man“, apparently after his tendency to test fire missiles against worldwide rules.
The rhetoric has started to rattle some in other countries. “It also shows Kim is closely eyeing the reaction of the U.S. and the global community”, he said.
“Kim Jong Un would have to accept considerable risk of failure – or worse, a missile carrying a nuclear warhead could crash into Japan – if he elects to use the Hwasong-12 or -14″, Elleman said.
This week President Trump warned if America “is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” before supporting further sanctions against the hermit kingdom.
However, the official then added he is not aware of what exactly Kim intends to do in response to Trump’s saber-rattling, as the governmental decision is exclusively the leader’s responsibility.