(CNSNews.com) – North Korea’s foreign minister warned Friday the regime could test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific, after Kim Jong-un threatened to carry out the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” in response to President Trump’s speech at the U.N. this week.
The warning came from Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho in New York, where he is due to address the General Assembly later Friday. Ri said he does not know exactly what action Kim will order, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
In his speech on Tuesday, Trump slammed the “depraved” regime in Pyongyang for rights abuses and the “reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.” He warned that if the U.S. was forced to defend itself or its allies, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
The response from Kim Jong-un came in a rare personal statement in which he described Trump as “mentally deranged” and a “dotard,” and said the U.S. would “pay dearly” for his threat.
Kim warned his regime may take “a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history,” according to the statement released by its official KCNA news agency.
“Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation,” he said. “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.”
South Korean officials said earlier North Korea may fire an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) towards the Pacific around the anniversary of the founding of the ruling party, on October 10.
The regime has often marked important dates with high-profile actions. Its first nuclear test, in 2006, came on the eve of the Oct. 10 founding anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
At a military parade on Oct. 10, 2010, the regime displayed a new warhead for its medium-range Nodong missile.
Its fifth nuclear test was conducted on September 9 last year, the day marking the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
And a military parade on April 15, 2012 – the birthday of KCNA founder Kim Il-sung – North Korea for the first time displayed its road-mobile ICBM.