NK FM: H-bomb test in Pacific on the cards

Pyongyang may consider conducting its second hydrogen bomb test, which would be the “most powerful detonation” in the Pacific Ocean, the North Korean foreign minister told the media, commenting on Kim Jong-un’s latest response to Donald Trump.

The latest round of war of words between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership risks escalating into yet another show of force by Pyongyang, as it allegedly weighs the option of testing an H-bomb, according to a suggestion made by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday.

The suggestion came as Ri was asked to clarify the latest statement by the North Korean leader in which Kim vowed to get revenge against Trump for insulting him and his country “in front of eyes of the world” by threatening “to destroy” North Korea.

North Korean state-run agency KCNA on Friday, Kim said he “will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding highest level of hardline countermeasure in history,” while promising that the US will “pay dearly” for Trump’s remarks at the UN General Assembly.

Kim then assured that “whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that Moscow is deeply concerned by the escalation of tension on the Korean Peninsula caused by the continued war of words between the US and North Korea. He told reporters there is no alternative to “a political and diplomatic settlement of the North Korean problem.” The spokesman stressed that the situation was being further aggravated by “the swapping of silly statements full of threats.” US President Donald Trump earlier vowed to “destroy North Korea,” leading Pyongyang to declare that it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

US Navy carrier Ronald Reagan is conducting drills with Japanese warships in seas south of the Korean peninsula, Japan’s military said on Friday, in a show of naval power as Pyongyang threatens further nuclear and missile tests. The Reagan strike group will conduct a separate drill with the South Korean Navy in October, the Defense Ministry said. The 100,000-ton Reagan, which is based in Japan, and its escort ships have been holding drills with Japanese Navy vessels since September 11 in waters south and west of Japan’s main islands, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force said. That exercise with the three Japanese warships, including two destroyers and one of the country’s two biggest helicopter carriers, the Ise, will run until September 28, it added.

Media agencies

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