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Russia's Lavrov Warns 'Military Hysteria' over North Korea Could Lead To Disaster

Russia's Lavrov Warns 'Military Hysteria' over North Korea Could Lead To Disaster

On Tuesday, during what was his first appearance before the UN General Assembly, Trump said Kim was "on a suicide mission" and asserted that if North Korea continued its provocations, the USA would "have no choice but to totally destroy" the country. "I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue", Kim said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacted sharply to U.S. President Donald Trump's recent United Nations address in a very rare statement reported Friday, warning that Washington could face the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure".

At the start of the meeting, Trump announced new sanctions that the United States would impose on companies that engage in business transactions with North Korea.

In his response, Kim stressed that his threat to "tame the mentally deranged United States dotard with fire" was "not a rhetorical expression".

Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on 3 September and has launched numerous missiles this year, including two intercontinental ballistic missiles and two other rockets that flew over Japan.

Citing anonymous sources, AFP and Reuters news agencies reported on Thursday that the European Union had reached an agreement on additional sanctions targeting North Korea, including a ban on investments and oil exports to the country.

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The order also targets North Korea's shipping and trade networks by putting a 180-day ban on vessels and aircraft that have visited the country from visiting the U.S.

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But North Korea's top diplomat, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, on Thursday likened Mr Trump's comments to "the sound of a barking dog".

Experts believe this is the first time a North Korean leader has made a direct address to an global audience. He said the action "was a somewhat unexpected move and we appreciate it". Though the majority of North Korea's imports come from China, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said "This action is directed at everyone" and the steps are "in no way specifically directed at China".

Moon also said he looks forward to, "North Korean athletes marching into the stadium during the opening ceremony" of the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.

He added that the United States continues to seek a "complete denuclearization of North Korea".