'Madman' Kim Jong Un 'will be tested like never before'

"We continue to strive for the reasonable and not the emotional approach.of the kindergarten fight between children".

North Korea hinted that it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, now in NY for a United Nations meeting, warned Thursday that the North could conduct a test of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.

Ri is due to address the United Nations later on Saturday.

"I think it could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific", Ri Yong Ho said, according to South Korean TV.

The natural disaster was detected in Kilju county in North Hamgyong province, where North Korea's known Punggye-ri nuclear site is located, according to South Korea's meteorological agency.

The North Korean diplomat said that he "feels forced to make comments on someone who calls himself the USA president", adding that "it's fair enough for me to respond in the corresponding tone".

China, North Korea's most important trading partner, is one of the pariah state's few sources of hard currency.

Trump condemned North Korea in his speech earlier this week.

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Earlier US president Donald Trump lashed out at Kim during a rally speech in Alabama.

"There is no way North Korea is going to give up its weapons right now". The country has yet to master the technologies needed to prevent the warhead at the tip of its long-range ballistic missile from burning up while re-entering Earth's atmosphere, South Korean officials said. "This is exactly what the North Korean regime is telling its people - that you need a strong leader, you need a nuclear program in order to protect yourselves from the United States".

Trump has dubbed Kim a "madman" and sought to ratchet up sanctions against the isolated regime, which says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself against the threat of invasion.

Kim said in his statement early Friday that if the USA were to carry out its threat to destroy the North, his country would consider the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

Earlier on Saturday, China said it will limit exports of refined petroleum products from October 1 and ban exports of condensates and liquefied natural gas immediately to comply with the latest United Nations sanctions. He said North Korea might conduct a hydrogen bomb test with a medium-range or intercontinental ballistic missile, given its recent advances in missile and nuclear weapons development.

In response, the United Nations passed a range of new sanctions against North Korea, including petroleum and textiles restrictions.

Trump called the North Korean leader a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

Asked at a regular briefing about Trump's comment, Lu said, "As far as I know, what you have mentioned just now is not consistent with the facts".

South Korea's weather agency said a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was detected in North Korea on Saturday around where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural.

The majority of North Korea's oil likely comes from China, but the exact tally of oil exports remains unknown, as Beijing has not published such data since 2014. It will also ban imports of textiles from North Korea.

China halted iron, iron ore and seafood imports after the previous round of sanctions against North Korea in August.

The rhetoric has started to rattle some in other countries. Trump told the UN on Tuesday the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies.

  • Rogelio Becker