North Korea's Kim: 'Mentally Deranged' Trump Proves Nukes Were 'Correct Path'

The pair were at odds over President Trump's speech at the United Nations General Assembly, in which he threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to do so in defence of the USA or its allies.

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!

Similar notes have been sounded by John Bolton, who served as USA ambassador to the United Nations during the presidency of George W. Bush.

"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire", Kim said in the rare direct statement, referring to Trump.

Thornton declined, however, to specify what the US would do.

The first sign Pyongyang has conducted a nuclear test is usually seismic activity.

Shin Beom-chul, a security expert at the government-run Korea National Diplomatic Academy in Seoul, said that even if North Korea wanted to conduct an atmospheric nuclear test in the Pacific, it did not have the ability to dispatch test-monitoring ships to the open ocean while the US military was on the prowl.

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The tougher stance follows North Korea's largest nuclear test earlier this month. "USA military intervention will not and can not solve a political problem".

"We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the USA homeland and our allies".

The rhetorical battle came as outside experts say North Korea is getting closer to achieve its long-stated goal of building nuclear-armed missiles capable hitting anywhere in the USA mainland.

The North's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in NY late Wednesday that "It would be a dog's dream if he meant to scare us with the sound of a dog barking".

The Pentagon said the B-1B bombers came from Guam and the U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts came from Okinawa, Japan.

Beijing is also banning imports of textiles, one of Pyongyang's last major sources of foreign revenue.

The ongoing war of words between the two leaders on opposite sides of the Pacific have been exacerbated in recent months amid growing tension over North Korea's nuclear weapons build-up.

Seoul's Meteorological Administration assessed the quake as natural, while China called the earthquake a "suspected explosion".

A magnitude 3.5 quake struck at 4:29 a.m. ET Saturday 22 kilometers (more than 13 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea, the US Geological Survey said.

Others, however, have questioned whether a strong response from China - and China joining North Korea's adversaries - could lead to the conclusion desired by the United States and the UN: the denuclearization of North Korea.

China's move to halt North Korean coal imports in February and its decision to stop selling fuel have crimped Pyongyang's ability to raise hard currency through exports.

The latest round of rhetoric began on Tuesday when Trump, in his first address to the United Nations, made the threat to destroy North Korea, a country of 26 million people.

Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date drawing stiffer United Nations sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017. Beijing's status as the North's main trading partner makes its cooperation critical to the success of economic sanctions.