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North Korea's top diplomat says strike against USA mainland is 'inevitable'

North Korea's top diplomat says strike against USA mainland is 'inevitable'

North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, has said Trump would "pay dearly" for threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea if the USA was forced to defend itself or its allies against a North Korean attack.

North Korea - which has recently carried out a series of nuclear tests - has so far made no comment.

Meanwhile, a shallow magnitude 3.4 tremor was detected near North Korea's nuclear test site on Saturday morning, but experts believe it was a natural quake.

The Pentagon has confirmed that United States bombers have flown close to the Eastern part of North Korea coast to demonstrate the military options available to defeat any threat that is been put up against them.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho's remarks before the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday came hours after US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in worldwide airspace over waters east of North Korea, in a show of force the Pentagon said demonstrated the range of military options available to Trump. "It is necessary not to make Trump, a source of the world's worst misfortune, survive to run amok and not to make the USA exist on this planet as it only inflicts untold suffering and misfortune upon the Korean nation and humankind".

This isn't the first demonstration of force from the United States military in recent weeks.

After the North's latest and most powerful nuclear test earlier this month, the UN Security Council approved new sanctions on the country. Dave Benham, noted that this century "encompasses the period North Korea has been testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons".

The B-1B Lancer bombers took off from Guam and the US Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts came from Okinawa, Japan.

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Kim in turn called Trump a "frightened dog" and a "mentally deranged US dotard".

The rhetoric between Trump and Kim has grown exceptionally personal.

"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!" the president tweeted.

"None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission", Ri said in broad denunciation of Trump that brought applause from the North Korean delegation.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said later in NY that Pyongyang may consider its most powerful test of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

At the United Nations on Tuesday, President Donald Trump retaliated with equal aggression saying that he would "totally destroy" North Korea if the USA was forced to defend itself or its allies.

Hours later, Kim responded by saying Trump was "deranged". The North Korean leader said Trump's speech convinced him he's leading his nation down the right path.

The ban also applies to vessels that have done a ship-to-ship transfer with a vessel that has visited North Korea within 180 days.