Kim Jong Un A 'Madman' Who 'Will Be Tested Like Never Before'

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Russia's foreign minister has likened the war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to a kindergarten fight between children.

Russian Federation is "deeply concerned" by the escalation of tensions over North Korea, the Kremlin said on Friday, after United States president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un exchanged stinging barbs.

The North Korean leader had attacked Donald Trump days after his speech at the United Nations, in which the U.S. president said he would "totally destroy" North Korea.

During his speech before the U.N. General Assembly earlier this week, Trump vowed to "totally destroy North Korea" if provoked.

"A frightened dog barks louder", Kim said.

A senior USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Washington was taking Kim's threat seriously and added that any atmospheric test would be a "game-changer".

Kim did not specify what action he would take against the U.S. or Mr Trump but described him as a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

There is conflicting reports about quake in North Korea.

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The US president signed off on fresh sanctions after trading rhetorical blows with North Korea, authorising the United States treasury to target firms and financial institutions conducting business with the North.

The North's incessant glorification of Kim is abetted in large part by its success in portraying a leader willing and able to defy, with threats and proud disdain, a purported USA -led campaign to crush North Korea with the toughest imaginable sanctions.

In recent months, the North has launched a pair of still-developmental ICBMs it said were capable of striking the continental United States and a pair of intermediate-range missiles that soared over Japanese territory. Trump announced the measures Thursday as he met leaders from South Korea and Japan, the nations most immediately imperiled by North Korea's threats of a military strike. It is known that former North Korean leaders, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jung-il, never even issued such a special public statement.

Pyongyang's foreign minister told that the North is considering a nuclear test containing an unprecedented scale hydrogen bomb, around the Pacific, after a personal statement from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to US President Donald Trump.

Trump's threats to "totally destroy" North Korea is counterproductive and justify Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs that it insists are for self-defense, according to analysts.

KCNA also published rare criticism of official Chinese media, saying comments on North Korea's nuclear program had damaged ties and suggested Beijing, its neighbour and only major ally, had sided with Washington.

Another Korea Meteorological Administration official, who also didn't want to be named, said the agency saw the possibility of the quake being caused by a tunnel collapse as low.

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