Trump says USA to target firms doing business with North Korea

The top US diplomat made the statement during an interview on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday.

North Korea stunned the world after testing a hydrogen bomb five times more powerful than the Hiroshima nuke that killed 135,000 during World War 2.

Ri is expected to defend Kim's nuclear weapons program at the United Nations on Friday.

"Once we can assess the nature of this threat, the president will make a decision regarding the appropriate actions", Tillerson said, adding that Trump would receive advice from the National Security Council and others but that, "ultimately, it will be his decision".

It's the second time Trump has referred to Kim by the new nickname, which is likely a play on the eponymous Elton John song and the numerous missile tests Kim has overseen.

North Korea has one nuclear test site - Punggye-ri.

And it's possible that North Korea is able to undermine them.

Mnuchin declined to say exactly what the United States was seeking from North Korea, but said the country must "stop their missile tests and give up their nuclear weapons". The North has responded by a slew of weapons tests and warlike and often-mocking rhetoric against Trump. A South Korean expert said the quake could have been caused by geological stress created from the recent nuclear explosion. Lavrov suggested that a neutral European country could mediate.

The letter, issued in the leader's own name, was unusual for North Korea.

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.

President Donald Trump says the US will impose additional sanctions on North Korea over the communist country's nuclear weapons buildup. "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself".

He said the remarks "have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last".

North Korea fired a missile on Friday that flew over Hokkaido in northern Japan and landed far out into the Pacific Ocean, according to Japanese and South Korean officials, further ratcheting up tensions in the region. It will further escalate the war of words between the adversaries as the North moves closer to perfecting a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike America.

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!

Trump announced the measures as he met the leaders of South Korea and Japan, the nations most immediately imperiled by North Korea's threats of a military strike.

A day earlier, Kim reacted to Trump's provocative speech at the equating the USA president to "a frightened dog" and a "mentally deranged US dotard", employing an obscure insult for someone declining into senility.

Like China, North Korea is not a signatory to the 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban (PNTB) Treaty.

  • Joey Payne