North Korea's top diplomat likens Trump speech to 'dogs barking'

A handful of North Korea analysts believe Kim's response - the first time he has ever released a first-person statement - could show how personally the young leader took Trump's speech.

His comments came after US President Donald Trump signed a new executive order allowing Washington to ramp up sanctions against North Korea.

After a week in which through tweets and a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Trump introduced the derogatory nickname "Rocket Man" for Kim into global news coverage and left open his prerogative to "totally destroy" North Korea, the president gave no ground on Friday in his public standoff with his adversary's leader.

Previous quakes from North Korea have indicated nuclear tests by the reclusive state, the most recent earlier this month.

The U.S. Treasury Department now had authority to target those that conduct "significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea". If you look at it from Kim's point of view, nuclear capability is needed for his and North Korea's survival.

Just yesterday, the country's foreign minister told reporters in NY that Pyongyang could test another hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

North Korea says it needs to have a nuclear deterrent because the United States intends to invade it. Analysts say the North is likely to soon achieve its objective of possessing nuclear missiles capable of reaching any part of the US homeland.

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, a watchdog group that works to end nuclear testing worldwide, said there were two seismic events Saturday in North Korea, neither of very large magnitude.

European Union ambassadors have reached an initial agreement to impose more economicsanctions on North Korea, going beyond the latest round of United Nations measures, officials and diplomats said.

An official of South Korea's Meteorological Agency said acoustic waves should be detected in the event of a man-made natural disaster. "In case innocent lives of the USA are harmed because of this suicide attack, Trump will be held totally responsible".

"Our analysis shows that it was a natural quake".

Vipin Narang, a nuclear strategy expert at MIT, said such a test could pose a danger to shipping and aircraft, even if North Korea declares a keep-out zone. The last test registered as a 6.3 magnitude quake.

North Korea has abundant coal but depends nearly entirely on imports for oil and gas.

Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the Japanese government will remain highly vigilant so that it can "deal with any kind of situation".

North Korea's weakest nuclear test, its first one, conducted in 2006, generated a magnitude 4.3 tremor.

The North Korean foreign minister also said he "felt sorry" for Trump's aides, when asked of his opinion of Trump's "Rocket Man" reference.

"I will surely and definitely tame the deranged USA dotard with fire", Kim said on Thursday, according to reports.


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