Trump will take 'appropriate' action in event of NK H-bomb test: Tillerson

President Trump on Friday labeled Kim Jong-un a "mad man", shortly after the North Korean leader had called him a "mentally deranged US dotard".

Still, if such a test would be seen as a "game-changer" by U.S. officials, it's positively shocking they don't see President Trump's threat to "totally destroy" North Korea as one.

In a personal statement which was released by the state news agency KCNA, Jong-un said Trump's speech gives him more reasons to develop more nuclear weapons for his country.

"Far from making remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful to defuse tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors".

In his speech on the United Nations floor on Tuesday, Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if the US was "forced to defend itself".

Trump said at the United Nations that "China, their central bank has told their other immediately stop doing business with North Korea".

"And we are engaging with North Korea's most important supporters, economic supporters - their friends, China and Russian Federation to have them engage with Kim Jong Un on this issue", Tillerson said.

Trump, in his Tuesday address to the United Nations, said it was "far past time" for the world to confront Kim, declaring that the North Korean leader's pursuit of nuclear weapons poses a threat to "the entire world with an unthinkable loss of human life".

"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. "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire".

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.

"Pretty sick burn on our president, to which I have to say, knock it off, North Korea", Colbert said of Ri's comments.

The pursuit of nuclear weapons is leaving an already isolated North Korea more cut off from the world.

MCEVERS: Today President Trump struck back with a tweet.

"There are good reasons why nuclear weapons and nuclear missiles are usually tested separately".

CHANG: And a final jab - Kim said Trump was a dotard. "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime", he added. According to the U.S. officials, the new penalties may not prevent North Korea from carrying out their threats against the United States but is basically aimed at dragging their efforts.

"It is unacceptable that others financial support North Korea", Trump said in a brief interaction with reporters at a luncheon with leaders from South Korea and Japan.

Although the Foreign Ministry has relatively little influence compared with security agencies in North Korea, Ri holds a special position in the regime.

  • Jon Douglas