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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ratcheted up his harsh rhetoric against the United States and allies by issuing a rare direct statement on Friday, which experts here interpreted as an "eye for an eye" tactic against his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

North Korea could consider a hydrogen bomb test, Ri said, although he did not know Kim's exact thoughts, Yonhap reported. Kim Jong-un also added that the USA president would pay dearly for his threats.

"The speech made by the U.S. president. on the United Nations arena in the prevailing serious circumstance, in which the situation on the Korean Peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern", Kim's statement said.

Trump also announced on Thursday he is planning to sign an executive order that would put sanctions on individuals, companies, and financial institutions that do business with North Korea - or, as Trump put it, "this criminal rogue regime".

"The White House said on Friday that Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in had agreed to Seoul's "acquisition and development of highly advanced military assets" and to increased deployment of US strategic assets in and around South Korea on a rotational basis".

US President Donald Trump yesterday said he was ready to "totally destroy" North Korea if it does not stop its nuclear weapons drive.

North Korea could respond to Donald Trump's threats of military action by testing a powerful nuclear weapon in the Pacific Ocean, the country's foreign minister has said, hours after the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, said the U.S. president would "pay dearly" for threatening to destroy the regime.

CHANG: Kim lectured the USA president, calling his behavior mentally deranged. So far North Korea has been separately testing nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles built to deliver them, rather than testing them together.

Of more than 2,000 tests that have been conducted since the advent of nuclear weapons, more than 100 were detonated in remote locations in the Pacific, according to the CTBTO.

North Korea says it needs nuclear weapons to deter a US invasion, but Thornton contended that the North ultimately seeks to take over USA -allied South Korea.

A senior USA diplomat says a North Korean hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific would be an "unprecedented act of aggression" by the communist nation. Like China, North Korea is not a signatory to the 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban (PNTB) Treaty.

In a combative speech, Trump warned he would "totally destroy" North Korea if it attacked the USA or its allies, and called on other countries to cut the regime off from its sources of funds.

The despot lashed out at Trump calling him "mentally deranged", adding that the President's comments were "the most ferocious declaration of a war in history".

"To go from that to an atmospheric test on a missile would be a dangerously provocative step", Revere said.

President Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a "madman" Friday morning, the latest escalation in their combative rhetoric.

But Lewis, who described Ri's comments as in keeping with the country's broader strategy of "little warnings to be followed by more explicit ones", believes there's danger in not taking North Korea seriously.