Earthquake Detected in North Korea

Kim Jong Un calls Donald Trump a'dotard: Here's what all his insults mean

Ri was speaking to reporters in NY when he was asked what North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had meant when he threatened in an earlier statement the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" against the United States.

Friday morning Trump called Kim "obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people" by Twitter, and said that Kim "will be tested like never before!"

The tremors from the North were reported a day after the state's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho suggested another nuclear test could be conducted by Pyongyang.

The country's Foreign Minister, Ri Yong Ho, told reporters in NY that the ultimate decision, however, was up to his boss, Kim Jong Un.

Trump added that the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea in the event of an attack from Pyongyang on the US or its allies.

The rare statement from the North Korean leader responded to Trump's combative speech days earlier where he not only issued the warning of potential obliteration for the isolated nation, but also mocked the North's young autocrat as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission".

Hours later, Kim branded Trump as "deranged" and warned that he will "pay dearly" for his threat to "totally destroy" the North if it attacks.

But the executive order would broaden that approach, in a bid to force Chinese banks and Russian importers to decide between doing business with North Korea or being blacklisted by the United States.

Trump said China's central bank had ordered national banks to curb their dealings with North Korea, describing the move as "very bold" and "unexpected".

Ri could not have made such an alarming comment without approval from Kim, although some analysts question whether North Korea has the technology or political daring to conduct an atmospheric nuclear test, something the world has not seen for decades.

Kim said that Trump is "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country".

Kim said he is "thinking hard" about his response and that he would "tame the mentally deranged U".

China's official Xinhua news agency said the epicentre was roughly at the same place as a similar shallow quake on Sept 3, which turned out to be caused by North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test.

North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un delivers remarks on state-TV. Kim calls Trump "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire".

China's effort to implement sanctions shows it is willing to punish North Korea for breaking global law, said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and worldwide Studies in Washington. The last atmospheric test took place in 1980, when China fired what experts believed to be a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile into a desert salt flat more than 1,300 miles west of Beijing. "Many countries are working with us to increase economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea".

He described the exchange of insults between the US and North Korean leaders was "quite bad, unacceptable".

Moon said South Korea was not seeking the collapse of its neighbor and was ready to help if Pyongyang decides "to stand on the right side of history" and halts its provocations.

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