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President Trump denounced "Rocket Man" Kim Jong Un in a fiery United Nations speech this week, but one report tonight says aides had cautioned him about the content of his address.

Of course, Kim spoke in Korean, and the word "dotard" came via translation by the KCNA state news agency in North Korea - possibly not one of the most fluent in English in the world.

On Thursday, Kim said Trump is "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country" who will "pay dearly" for threats he's made.

Trump asserted that North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens entire world with enormous loss of human life.

In his sanctions announcement, Trump stopped short of going after Pyongyang's biggest trading partner, China, praising as "tremendous" a move by its central bank ordering Chinese banks to stop doing business with North Korea.

The order boosts the US Treasury's ability to clamp down on individuals and companies that finance and facilitate trade with the reclusive state.

And like Donald Trump had warned North Korea last month that if it escalated nuclear threat, it would be met with fire and fury like the world had never seen, Kim concluded that the North Korean fire would surely and definitely tame Donald Trump.

He also said "Rocket Man should have been handled a long time ago" by previous presidents.

It isn't clear what effect the heightened sanctions will have on North Korea, which has been economically isolated for years.

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Pyongyang seems particularly sensitive about insults against its authoritarian leadership and has shown no desire to abandon its development of weapons of mass destruction program despite strengthened United Nations sanctions in the wake of the reclusive state's sixth-ever nuke test on September 3.

Speaking in New York City on Friday, Ri Yong Ho, the North's foreign minister, said his country could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale on the Pacific Ocean, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

The natural disaster comes after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un's regime, which has raised worldwide alarm.

The State Affairs Commission is the highest decision-making body of the North, introduced by the young leader in 2016 to replace the National Defense Commission, which his late father Kim Jong-il chaired to rule the country.

He continued, "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire".

He further said, "It is time for North Korea to realise that de-nuclearisation is its only acceptable future".

After the insult "dotard" was used by North Korea's Kim, the internet went into a frenzy about what he meant.

The council has told member countries to ban most activity overseas by North Korea's banks in response to its nuclear and missile tests. It claimed that it had detonated a hydrogen bomb for an intercontinental ballistic missile.

In Taiwan, the Executive Yuan yesterday said in a statement that Premier William Lai (賴清德) has made a decision to enforce bans on imports from and exports to North Korea.

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