North Korea has threatened that it could test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean in response to US President Donald Trump’s threats of military action, South Korea‘s Yonhap news agency reported.
The remark was made by the country’s Foreign Minister, Ri Yong Ho in New York City on Friday. He added that the ultimate decision was up to North’s leader, Kim Jong Un.
Ri was due to address the United Nations General Assembly on Friday but has since dropped out.
“This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean. Regarding which measures to take, I don’t really know since it is what Kim Jong Un does,” said Ri.
Ri’s comments came shortly after Kim said that Trump would “pay dearly” for threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea during his UN General Assembly speech Tuesday.
In his first address to the United Nations as US President, Trump said that the US was ready to “totally destroy” North Korea, a country of 26 million people, if it was forced to defend its allies and called Kim a “rocket man” on a suicide mission.
A rare direct statement, directly attributed to the Kim Jong-un, said Kim “will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.” He described Trump as “a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire”.
Read the full statement from Kim Jong Un here