Kim Jong Un says 'deranged' Trump will 'pay dearly'

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GETTY DANGEROUS Kim's nuclear tests are dragging the world towards war

Kim Jong-Un has branded Donald Trump a "mentally deranged dotard" in a rare statement on Friday night in response to the President's threat to "totally destroy" North Korea.

Kim also threatened US President Trump and said in the statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency, promising to make Trump "pay dearly for his speech", as per Reuters report.

But hours after the statement was published on Friday Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho spoke to reporters in NY and raised the possibility of a further, more high-stakes nuclear test.

Ri was speaking to reporters about a statement by the North Korean leader released early Friday morning saying Pyongyang will take the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" to retaliate for recent remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump. Such a test would be considered a major provocation by Washington and its allies.

"We can't have mad men out there shooting rockets all over the place", he added.

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Experts say Trump's speech could have an opposite effect, intensifying the deteriorating situation in the Korean peninsula.

Trump's threats to "totally destroy" North Korea is counterproductive and justify Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs that it insists are for self-defense, according to analysts.

"This may be the most powerful detonation of a bomb in the Pacific ocean", said he.

Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date and it was subsequently slapped with fresh, tough United Nations sanctions. Trump has repeatedly said he will not hesitate to destroy North Korea if it attacks the U.S.

North Korea's foreign minister also raised the level of tension.

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He said: "There's a certain amount of bluster that's taken for granted when you're dealing with North Korea".

Kim issued a blistering response to Trump's United Nations speech, calling him "the mentally deranged US dotard" and referring to Trump as a "gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician".

Although it is far from clear what the North will do, Chung said it was possible the North could try to test an H-bomb over the northern Pacific.

They vowed to keep the top-level momentum going with a successful hosting of Trump's visit to South Korea in November.

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