China's Banks Halt Business With North Korea Per UN Sanctions

Ri's comments came just hours after Kim said that Trump would "pay dearly" for threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea. "Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond expected".

"I think what you saw was the president responding to North Korea's ballistic missile testing, their nuclear bomb tests, and their threats that they're going to reduce the United States to ashes, as well as destroy Japan", Haley said in a separate interview on NBC.

"Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime", Mr Trump said.

In his response, Kim stressed that his threat to "tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire" was "not a rhetorical expression".

Kim had launched a salvo of threats aimed at the United States president on Thursday.

If North Korea launches the test, it will be considered a major provocation by Washington and its allies.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday the situation on the peninsula is serious, but the issue must be resolved peacefully through dialogue and negotiations, Chinese state-owned news agency Xinhua reported.

Ri reportedly added: "We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un". The regime claimed that it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb earlier this month, and conducted another missile test days later.

Kim also called Trump a "rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician".

The president also said that the US and South Korea were working on improving trade agreements though that was less important than addressing the North Korea threat.

Trump also announced a new executive order, allowing the Treasury Department to target foreign banks and businesses doing business with North Korea with sanctions.

Ri's comments followed Kim's extraordinary statement lashing out at Trump, vowing the American leader would "pay dearly" for his threat to destroy North Korea.

He said Kim had a tendency to "dismiss with a smirk" outside efforts to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programs, and cited the North's history of "deceiving us and buying time". The White House, meanwhile, took the another step in its so-called "peaceful pressure" campaign to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear program, expanding sanctions on North Korea and those who do business with the country.


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