North Korea threatened to test a powerful hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean Friday in what Pyongyang referred to as the "highest level of hardline countermeasure in history".
In his first address to the United Nations as US President, Trump said that the US was ready to "totally destroy" North Korea if it was forced to defend its allies, a warning seen as unprecedented for a US president delivering an address to the world's leaders and top diplomats.
"North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile development is a grave threat to peace and security in our world and it is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal, rogue regime", Trump said Thursday as joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in for lunch.
"It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific".
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends what was said to be the test launch of an intermediate range missile on September 16.
He said China was imposing major banking sanctions, too, but there was no immediate confirmation from the North's most important trading partner.
North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Wednesday termed Trump's speech at UNGA as "sound of a dog barking".
North Korea has repeatedly frustrated the worldwide community by firing missiles and developing nuclear weapons.
North Korea's official news agency has ridiculed the recent United Nations sanctions as "the dirty excrement of the reactionaries of history".
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"North Korea will continue to test nuclear warheads and ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) because they are far from acquiring. nuclear strike capability".
He also mocked Kim Jong-un with a disparaging nickname, saying: "Rocket man is on a suicide mission".
Earlier on Friday, Kim said Trump is "deranged" and will "pay dearly" for threatening to destroy his country.
In his response, Kim stressed that his threat to "tame the mentally deranged United States dotard with fire" was "not a rhetorical expression".
The president's bellicose rhetoric was in turn answered by Kim in a rare personal statement broadcast on state television.
US President Trump later signed an executive order banning firms from operating in the US if they deal with North Korea.
North Korea is seeking to develop an ICBM capable of reaching the continental US.
Kim's statement, unusual in that it was written in the first person and was apparently his first direct appeal to the world, according to South Korea's Unification Ministry, came after Trump, in his inaugural speech before the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, laid into the regime and Kim himself.
But the speaking after the address, UK Foreign Secretary Johnson insisted military action was not the only option to deal with North Korea.