Kim Jong Un: 'Deranged' Trump will 'pay dearly'

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said Donald Trump

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said Donald Trump"declared war on his country

Kim Jong-un, in his rare personal statement, said: "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged United States dotard with fire".

Seoul's Unification Ministry, which is responsible for North-South relations, said it was the first time a North Korean leader had addressed the world with such a direct statement.

"I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the USA pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying [North Korea]", he also said, adding, "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called U.S. President Donald Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for threating to "totally destroy" North Korea.

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, warned on Thursday that Kim could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale over the Pacific.

The statement from Kim Jong Un was very unusual because it came from the North Korean leader himself, rather than state media as most statements do, CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports.

Such a test would be considered a major provocation by Washington and its allies.

Having been delayed twice due to Malaysia's fears for the safety of its players, the match between North Korea and Malaysia is now set to be played on October 5.

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Though official communications from North Korea are normally filled with bellicose remarks and often met with skepticism, the country's latest one appeared to take on a more overt personal tone, according to North Korea experts. Trump had earlier threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury".

- Graham Linehan (@Glinner) September 22, 2017We've reached the point where the unstable leader of North Korea has a better grasp on the English language than the U.S. President.

The White House, meanwhile, took the another step in its so-called "peaceful pressure" campaign to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear program, expanding sanctions on North Korea and those who do business with the country. He said North Korea might conduct an H-bomb test with a medium-range or intercontinental ballistic missile, given its recent advances in missile and nuclear weapons development.

He spoke just days after Trump, in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, derisively called Kim "Rocket Man" and said it might be necessary to "completely destroy" North Korea.

Raising concern over the North Korean missile-tests, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had said that negotiations is the only way to find out the solution and urged the ruling Democratic People's Republic of the Korean Government to not go further in "dangerous direction".

Earlier in the day, Trump had called Kim Jong Un "a madman" who doesn't mind starving or killing his people'.

Isolated and impoverished, the North says it needs a nuclear deterrent to protect it from an aggressive USA and the autocratic regime has made militarism a central part of its national ideology.

Hans Kristensen, a nuclear expert at the Federation of American Scientists, says he thinks the North Korean threat is likely bluster, but if it happened "there's a real possibility" the USA would take military action in response, given the potential for an accidental detonation over a populated area and the potential threat to sea or air traffic.

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