South Korea says natural North Korea quake detected

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 23, 2017

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spent the past week trading insults and ratcheting up the already-high tension between the countries.

The North Korean leader earlier labelled Mr Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard" after Mr Trump threatened to destroy his country.

The reports came after a raging Kim Jong-un lashed out at United States rival Donald Trump labelling him "mentally deranged dotard" in a rare personal statement.

Moscow's Sergei Lavrov said a pause was needed, "to calm down the hotheads".

He called for a political process, which he said was a key part of the United Nations Security Council process.

There was no immediate reaction from China's Foreign Ministry, but the news was widely reported by Chinese state media outlets and on social media.

The tougher stance follows North Korea's largest nuclear test earlier this month.

Addressing supporters at an Alabama rally today, Trump said Kim Jong-un "should have been handled a long time ago" branding him "little rocket man". He also said he would "tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire".

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It was the first time for a North Korean leader to issue such a direct statement against a USA president, dramatically escalating the war of words between the former wartime foes and raising the global nuclear standoff to a new level. Beijing has supported the fresh rounds of U.N. Security Council sanctions but are wary of pushing Pyongyang too hard for fear the government might fall.

North Korean soldiers chat as they stand guard behind national flags of China, front, and North Korea on a boat anchored along the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, on June 10, 2013. It recently conducted its sixth nuclear test and now claims it has miniaturised a nuclear warhead to fit on a long-range missile.

On the fringes of the world meeting, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters Pyongyang might now consider detonating a hydrogen bomb outside its territory. One thing North Korea is extremely good at is absorbing pain.

"There are some very risky things that could come that move this from theater to reality". It is not certain that missile defence systems in the Pacific could intercept the missile, and the risk of accidentally striking Japan - over which recent tests have flown - could spark a serious conflict.

The South Korean government, which has sought a dialogue with North Korea, called Kim's statement a "reckless provocation" that would deepen the North's global isolation and lead to its demise.

"Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before", Trump said, a day after announcing additional sanctions on Pyongyang.

China is imposing new limits on trade with North Korea after the isolated country's latest nuclear test.

The implementation of sanctions on Kim Jong Un regime is based on the UN Security Council's (UNSC) unanimous approval to the new sanctions on North Korea to ban all oil imports and freeze worldwide assets of the government and its defiant leader, in response to Pyongyang's sixth and strongest nuclear test explosion on September 3.

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