'Madman' N.Korea leader to be 'tested like never before'


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called President Donald Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon.

He also mocked Kim Jong-un with a disparaging nickname, saying: "Rocket man is on a suicide mission".

Ri Yong-Ho made the comment on the sidelines of a United Nations gathering in NY on September 21, South Korean media reported.

If enforced, the Chinese action Trump described could severely impede the isolated North's ability to raise money for its missile and nuclear development.

The crisis has dominated the president's debut at this week's annual General Assembly meeting, where Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend the United States or its allies.

Hans Kristensen, a nuclear expert at the Federation of American Scientists, says he thinks the North Korean threat is likely bluster, but if it happened "there's a real possibility" the USA would take military action in response, given the potential for an accidental detonation over a populated area and the potential threat to sea or air traffic.

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On the fringes of the UN General Assembly in New York, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters Pyongyang might now consider detonating a hydrogen bomb outside its territory.

Though the majority of North Korea's imports come from China, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said "This action is directed at everyone" and the steps are "in no way specifically directed at China".

Ri did not elaborate on when the detonation might take place and added that any final decision on the matter would be taken by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea should be kicked out of the United Nations, a Republican senator who is pressing other nations to support the idea told CNN on Tuesday.

North Korea has granted a soccer loving Malaysian prince access to its airspace "anytime" he wants, his palace said on Tuesday, as Pyongyang prepares finally to host an Asian Cup tie that became a casualty of the assassination in Malaysia of the North Korean leader's estranged half brother in February.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday paved the way for sanctions against foreign companies doing business with North Korea, a dramatic ratcheting up of pressure on the regime.

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Japan and South Korea obtaining independent nuclear weapons would encourage other Asian nations to do the same and effectively end the U.N. nuclear nonproliferation regime. North Korea has conducted six nuclear test explosions since 2006, all at its northeastern underground test site.

The Sun reports Hee Yeon Lim, 26, the daughter of a high-ranking soldier from Pyongyang, fled to South Korea past year and has told of the horrors she witnessed while part of the secretive Kim regime's inner circle.

The extremely unsafe move could have catastrophic consequences for the region and has already prompted the North's enemies to prepare for imminent war with the secretive state.

When asked when we'll know for sure if North Korea has a nuclear-tipped missile, nonproliferation expert Jeffrey Lewis sometimes responds with a bleak joke: "you'll see a giant bright light".

The UN Security Council recently held two unanimous 15- to-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, he said.

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