President Trump, Kim Jong Un Exchange Insults Following Trump's Speech At UN

The quake also caps a week in which President Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un exchanged increasingly bellicose insults toward each other and follows a threat on Thursday by the North to carry out a significantly more unsafe nuclear test.

Kim said Trump was "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country".

Saturday's seismic activity came just hours before North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho - who warned on Thursday that North Korea could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale over the Pacific - was due to address the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

"A meeting can also be used to send a direct, tough message to the North Korean leadership about what the United States thinks and what it wants North Korea to do", Wit said.

However, he added: "We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong-un".

Kim's statement was unusual because it was written in the first person.

He described the exchange of insults between the US and North Korean leaders was "quite bad, unacceptable".

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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.

An H-bomb test in the Pacific, if realized, would be considered a major provocation by Washington and its allies.

Resisting intensifying worldwide pressure, Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on September 3 and has launched numerous missiles this year, including two intercontinental ballistic missiles.

North Korea's weakest nuclear test, its first one, conducted in 2006, generated a magnitude 4.3 quake.

North Korea has launched several ballistic missiles and tested a nuclear weapon for the sixth time in recent months, alarming its neighbors and prompting fresh economic sanctions from the United States and the United Nations.

"This is unprecedented, as far as we can tell", Narang said.

A magnitude 3.5 natural disaster struck at 4:29 a.m. ET Saturday 22 kilometers (more than 13 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea, the US Geological Survey said. "It is truly terrifying if something goes wrong".

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said banks doing business in North Korea would not be allowed to operate in the United States.

"I'd like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world", Kim said.

At a Security Council meeting later Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was to push for strict enforcement of a new raft of worldwide sanctions targeting North Korea's exports and its energy supplies.

Mr Trump on Thursday signed a new order boosting sanctions against North Korea, where the United States treasury would target firms and financial institutions doing business with Pyongyang.

Trump's executive order expanded the Treasury Department's ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea, and to ban them from interacting with the USA financial system.

Responding to the speech, Kim said Trump's comments amounted to an insult.

The flight underscored "the seriousness with which we take DPRK's reckless behavior", the Pentagon said, using an acronym for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name.

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China has moved to limit North Korea's oil supply and will stop buying textiles from the politically isolated nation, it said on Saturday.


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