Japan prepared to face N.Korean H-bomb threat

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If North Korea follows through on its latest threat of setting off a nuclear explosion over the Pacific Ocean, it will ultimately be up to President Trump whether the United States will respond with military action, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told ABC News today.

The U.S. president said if the rogue nation continued its nuclear testing program, "We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

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

A day after President Donald Trump issued a stern warning to North Korea at the United Nations while also calling that nation's leader Kim Jong-un "Rocket Man", details of what it's like to live in the brutal regime have emerged.

North Korean top diplomat said the country planned to test the bomb to fulfill Kim Jong Un's vow to take the "highest-level of hardline counter-measure in history" against the US. General Assembly what the countermeasure would be, said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

The volley of insults continued on Friday as Mr Trump sent out a pre-dawn Twitter post: "Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!" the president tweeted.

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Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga called Pyongyang's remarks and behavior "completely unacceptable".

He further said, "It is time for North Korea to realise that de-nuclearisation is its only acceptable future".

As a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honor of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the USA pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK.

It has also launched dozens of missiles this year attracting several rounds of new sanctions aimed at crippling the nation's economy, forcing it to put an end to its risky nuclear program.

"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire", Kim said in the rare direct statement, referring to Trump.

Such a test would be considered a major provocation by Washington and its allies.

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Singling out the official People's Daily and its more nationalistic sister publication, the Global Times, KCNA said Chinese media was "openly resorting to interference in the internal affairs of another country" and driving a wedge between the two countries.

North Korea says it needs to have a nuclear deterrent because the United States intends to invade it. Analysts say the North is likely to soon achieve its objective of possessing nuclear missiles capable of reaching any part of the US homeland.

Trump had recently ordered fresh sanctions over Pyongyang's weapons programmes and even praised China for taking an action to limit financial transactions with North Korea. "Will there be military action?"

It added that the U.S. Treasury could sanction anyone who owns, controls or operates a port of entry in North Korea.

Hee Yeon fled North Korea with her mother and younger brother to South Korea after the death of her father Wui Yeon Lim, who died of alcohol problems.

His executive order expanded the Treasury Department's ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea, and to ban them from interacting with the US financial system.

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