North Korea's foreign minister warned that Pyongyang could test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean in response to US President Donald Trump's threats of military action.
The country's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who was due to address the United Nations General Assembly today but has since dropped out, told reporters in New York that the ultimate decision, however, was up to his boss, Kim Jong Un.
Ri says this could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean and regarding which measures to take, he does not really know since it is what Kim Jong Un does.
Ri's comments came shortly after Kim said that Trump would "pay dearly" for threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea during his UN speech.
In a rare direct statement, Kim said he "will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard‑line countermeasure in history."
In his first address to the United Nations as US President, Trump said that the US was ready to "totally destroy" North Korea if it was forced to defend its allies, a warning seen as unprecedented for a US president delivering an address to the world's leaders and top diplomats.
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