Trump tweets threat after North Korean official insults him in United Nations speech

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CHANG: Kim lectured the US president, calling his behavior mentally deranged. Trump issued the warning of potential obliteration, and mocked the North's young autocrat as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission".

Mr Ri's highly anticipated speech to the General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting fuelled the fiery rhetoric between the USA president and North Korea's young leader.

In his speech Tuesday Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if the United States was forced to defend itself or an ally.

Believe it or not, Kim's statement actually used gentler language than his propaganda specialists have favoured in the past.

Mr Ri suggested to reporters on Friday in NY that the country could conduct an atmospheric hydrogen bomb test to fulfil Kim's vows.

"Through such a prolonged and arduous struggle, now we are finally only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the state nuclear force", Ri said.

There has been a widening linguistic divide between the rival Koreas, but "neukdari" has the same meaning in North Korea as in the South, according to a South Korean organization involved in a now-stalled project to produce a joint dictionary.

It called South Korea's first female President, Park Geun Hye, "crafty prostitute" and former US President Barack Obama her pimp and a "monkey".

"This mission is a demonstration of USA resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement.

"North Korea's weapons programme is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire global community. We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the U.S. homeland and our allies".

The Pentagon said Saturday that B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam and F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in global airspace over waters east of North Korea. -North Korea nuclear crisis, no one can be sure where this would lead or whether the North will even carry out its threat.

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It could be that Kim felt that a direct response was crucial because of the harshness of Trump's comments. Trump tweeted Friday that Kim was "obviously a madman" who would be "tested like never before".

Despite having a miniscule trade relation with Pyongyang, the European Union also announced new sanctions against North Korea on Thursday that would see a ban against all investment and oil exports to the rogue nation.

Kim says Trump's threats only emphasise that North Korea has been justified in its pursuit of nuclear missiles.

It's the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that United States fighters or bomber aircraft have ever flown this century, the Pentagon said.

Early in this round of the North Korean crisis, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis issued sombre warnings that war on the Korean Peninsula could only be "tragic on an unbelievable scale".

Defence Department spokesman Dana White said in a statement that the mission showed how seriously the United States took what she called North Korea's "reckless behaviour".

"World leaders [are] taking seriously President Trump's actions ― not his threats, not his words", Conway said Friday during an appearance on "Fox & Friends".

Ms White said "we are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the U.S. homeland and our allies".

Tens of thousands of Pyongyang residents were gathered in the capital's Kim Il Sung Square on Saturday (Sept 23) to laud leader Kim Jong Un's denunciation of US President Donald Trump.

"This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean", North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in NY on Thursday in response to a question about what action the regime might take against the U.S.

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