Trump gives 'final warning' on North Korea trade. What comes next?

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2017

Saturday's seismic activity came just hours before North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho - who warned on Thursday that North Korea could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale over the Pacific - was due to address the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

It reiterated that U.S. land across the ocean can never go scot free saying "The army and people of the DPRK are waiting for a moment to show the mettle of Songun Korea in the do-or-die spirit and the spirit of annihilating the enemies". "We call on all countries around the world to join us" in imposing similar sanctions, Mnuchin said.

Kim was responding to a speech by Trump at the United Nations General Assembly in which Trump said the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies.

The South Korean agency confirmed there were two earthquakes Saturday.

Vipin Narang, a nuclear expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said such a test would be worse than testing a longer range for an intercontinental ballistic missile, which is another scenario the North may be considering.

This week marked a new level of acromony in a blistering war of words between Kim and Trump, with the North Korean leader calling the American president "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".

Shorten and his foreign affairs spokeswoman, Penny Wong, have left for a four-day trip to South Korea and Japan, with meetings scheduled with Lee Nak-yeon, the former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, the commander of the US Forces in Korea, Gen Vincent Brooks, and Japan's foreign minister, Taro Kono.

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.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho wouldn't have spoken without approval from Pyongyang's top leadership when he suggested to reporters in NY on Friday that the country could conduct an atmospheric hydrogen bomb test to fulfill the vows of the country's leader, Kim Jong Un.

USA bombers and fighter jets have flown along the coast of North Korea in a show of force.

In this Associated Press photo taken September 21, 2017, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha speaks during a U.N. Security Council meeting at the U.N. headquarters in NY.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is embracing markets and is establishing more channels of interactions with the outside world - even with efforts by the worldwide community to impose sanctions.

The president also praised China for its "very bold move" ordering its banks to stop doing business with Pyongyang.

North Korea in past months has been stepping up the aggressiveness of its nuclear and missile tests.

He said nuclear armament is not supported by Washington and it does not serve South Korea's national interest.

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