Tremor of 3.4 Detected Near NKorea Nuclear Test Site

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2017

Ri Chun-hee, the main anchor for the North's Korean Central Television (KCTV), read the statement during a regular news program on Friday, apparently a day after it was issued.

"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 tweeted.

If major cities are at risk, and Kim Jong Un's erratic behavior can't be deterred, then perhaps the USA should indeed be planning to de-nuclearize North Korea by force. He calls the president "mentally deranged".

Raising their fists in salute to Kim, demonstrators hailed his explosive denunciation of Trump square in terrifying display of nationalist fervour.

Arriving in NY for the United Nations meetings, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho was mobbed with questions from reporters about the Trump speech and replied with a proverb.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said he is aware of the remark by Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, and that the Japanese government would respond to any contingency with all possible warning and surveillance measures.

Kim Jong-un's regime is trying to marry ballistic and nuclear technology to create a missile capable of delivering a nuke to the continental United States, and may be just months away from succeeding.

Mr Kim's personal response is believed to have been the first time in three generations of the Kim dynasty that a North Korean leader has read out a statement to the worldwide community in their own name. North Korean state TV later showed a solemn-looking Kim, dressed in a gray Mao-style suit, reading the statement.

Ri also lashed out at Japan and South Korea, calling them "stooges" of Washington.

In a separate report, KCNA made a rare criticism of official Chinese media, saying their comments on the North's nuclear program had damaged ties and suggested Beijing, its only major ally, had sided with Washington.

As North Korea develops nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that can reach the islands, Hawaii state lawmakers have been urging emergency management officials to update Cold War-era plans for coping with a nuclear attack.

The exchange of super-heated rhetoric and unusually personal abuse between the adversaries will escalate tensions that have been mounting as North Korea has marched closer to achieving a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike America.

"We can not conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event", the USGS said.

"To put a live nuclear warhead on a missile that's only been tested a handful of times, overflying potentially populated centers". You'd have to go back 55 years to the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962 to find the last time the world appeared to be on the brink of such a conflict.

The United States and the old Soviet Union combined to conduct more than 400 atmospheric nuclear tests before they joined Britain in a 1963 treaty banning tests in the atmosphere, outer space and underwater. Trump went as far as to say that the U.S. would "totally destroy North Korea" if the Americans were forced to defend themselves or their allies.

The secretary of state defended Trump's blunt rhetoric in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly in NY on Tuesday, in which the president threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if the United States is "forced to defend itself or its allies", prompting astonished gasps from some in the audience.

In response, Kim said Trump will "pay dearly" for threatening to destroy North Korea.

On Thursday, Trump announced new United States sanctions to penalize any company or person doing business with North Korea by either cutting off their access to the USA financial system or freezing their assets - or potentially both.

As for Trump's new executive order that cracks down on individuals, companies and financial institutions that do business with North Korea, Kim Yeomyong seemed to think that's the right strategy.

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