World’s last atmospheric nuclear detonation carried out over three decades ago.
North Korea says it may detonate a nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday at the United Nations.
On Friday Pyongyang’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho stated that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was considering testing “an unprecedented scale hydrogen bomb” following Trump’s vow to “totally destroy” the country if the U.S. needed to defend itself or its allies.
Kim had threatened earlier Friday in a rare, televised address to consider the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” in retaliation against Trump’s remarks.
“Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history that he would destroy the DPRK, we will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history,” Kim said, according to state-run media outlet KCNA.
Trump took to Twitter early Friday and labeled Kim a “madman” in an apparent response to the North Korean leader’s speech, which also accused the president of being a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.”
“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,” Trump said.