Korea stages mass rally to back Kim's statement against Trump

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Mr Kim, in a rare media statement in which he described Mr Trump variously as "mentally deranged", "a dotard" and "a gangster fond of playing with fire", warned Mr Trump that he will pay dearly for the threat he made in a speech at the United Nations on Tuesday.

Trump has long talked tough on North Korea, tweeting Friday that Kim was a "madman" who will be "tested like never before".

Earlier Friday Kim blasted Trump as a "mentally deranged USA dotard" who will "pay dearly" for threatening to destroy North Korea.

Trump's United Nations address was the most direct military threat to attack North Korea and his latest expression of concern about Pyongyang's repeated launching of missiles over Japan and underground nuclear tests.

The flight, which was disclosed shortly before Mr Ri was due to address the United Nations, was the farthest north of the demilitarised zone separating North and South Korea that any U.S. fighter jet or bomber has flown in the 21st century, the Pentagon said.

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Thursday that open the door wider to blacklisting people and entities doing business with North Korea, including its shipping and trade networks, further tightening the screws on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile program.

Mr Trump announced new United States sanctions on Thursday targeting companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea.

Numerous scientific agencies on both sides of the Pacific detected an quake Saturday near the site where North Korea set off a hydrogen bomb earlier this month, at first prompting speculation of another weapons test, before a consensus appeared to emerge that the tremor was a natural occurrence.

Pyongyang's stated aim is to be able to target the U.S. mainland and the nation has flaunted the advances in its weapons programme in recent weeks, with the September test of what it said was a miniaturised H-bomb capable of being loaded onto a rocket.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said later in NY that Pyongyang may consider its most powerful test of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

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North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Wednesday termed Trump's speech at UNGA as "sound of a dog barking".

If Pyongyang makes good on the threat, it would mean marrying the two most powerful weapons known to man: a fusion-type nuclear weapon and a ballistic missile.

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.

Gold is sensitive to moves higher in US rates, which lift the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets such as bullion.

However, the rhetoric was starting to rattle some in the global community.

Japan's Kyodo News said Friday that China's four major banks have frozen all bank accounts of North Korean firms and individuals in Liaoning Province, the region where 70 percent of North Korea-China trade pass through.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a news conference on Friday: "North Korea's remarks and behaviour are provocative to regional and worldwide security, and they are absolutely unacceptable".

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged North Korea not to go further in a "dangerous direction" with its nuclear programme.

In an executive order issued Thursday, the Treasury Department has been granted expanded latitude to target anyone trading with North Korea, barring them from using the US banking system. Japan, the United States and South Korea need to strengthen their surveillance, simulating various military provocations and out-of-control acts by North Korea.

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