Trump's comments echoed those of Defense Minister James Mattis who said earlier this month that the United States has the capability to completely destroy North Korea if needed, and that he had provided the president with detailed briefings on all of the options. "In case innocent lives of the USA are harmed because of this suicide attack, Trump will be held totally responsible". "This mission is a demonstration of United States resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat", said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, calling North Korea's weapons program "a grave threat".
The statement from KCNA does not elaborate how, when and where Kim's armed forces are being prepared to strike. "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire".
CHANG: Kim lectured the USA president, calling his behavior mentally deranged.
North Korea's foreign minister said this week that his country could test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean in response to President Donald Trump's threats of military action.
Kim took a page out of Ri's book on Friday, saying "a frightened dog barks louder".
He said the action "was a somewhat unexpected move and we appreciate it".
Some analysts saw a clear sign that North Korea would ramp up its already brisk pace of weapons testing, which has included missiles meant to target US forces throughout Asia and the USA mainland.
On Friday morning, he tweeted, "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!" Japan and South Korea, the two closest allies of United States in the region, have claimed threat from the spree of missile tests conducted by the North.
It was a clear signal to Kim after the tyrant unleashed yet another ballistic missile on Friday, which flew across Japan and landed in the Pacific after a flight of some 2,300 miles - proving U.S. territory Guam is within range.
On Tuesday, while addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the USA president said Trump said that "the United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".
The Russian foreign minister described the ongoing threats between Trump and Kim Jong-un as a kindergarten fight.
And novelist Elnathan John said: "Am I the only one who doesn't find this Trump-Jong Un war dance amusing?"
The South Korean government, which has sought a dialogue with North Korea, called Kim's statement a "reckless provocation" that would deepen the North's global isolation and lead to its demise.
"We are carrying out a further analysis because there are concerns that it might have been a man-made natural disaster". "He was clearly offended by the speech, and what concerns me most is the response he says he is considering".
Kim, in his typical style, responded with his own bellicose statement.
The North accuses the United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, of planning to invade and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies. The country could still get a slot at another time.
Trump also praised China for what he called an instruction to its banks to cut off business with North Korea. The patrols came after officials and experts said a small quake near North Korea's nuclear test site on Saturday was probably not man-made, easing fears Pyongyang had exploded another nuclear bomb just weeks after its last one.
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