Ri Yong Ho, North Korea‚Äôs Foreign Minister gave the hint on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York saying that the test could be carried out in the Pacific Ocean after leader Kim Jong Un vowed to take the ‚Äúhighest-level‚ÄĚ action against the United States.
‚ÄúWe have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un,‚ÄĚ Ri was quoted as saying.
Such a test would be considered a major provocation by the U.S., South Korea and Japan. Ri was scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on Saturday, a day later than previously scheduled.
Ri‚Äôs comments followed Kim‚Äôs extraordinary statement lashing out at President Trump, calling the American leader ‚Äúderanged‚ÄĚ and vowing that Trump would ‚Äúpay dearly‚ÄĚ for his threat to destroy North Korea.
Kim‚Äôs first-person statement was published by North Korea‚Äôs state propaganda arm in response to Trump‚Äôs fiery speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
South Korean media called it the first such direct address to the world by Kim.
Kim said Trump was ‚Äúunfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country.‚ÄĚ He also described the U.S. president as ‚Äúa rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire.‚ÄĚ
Some analysts saw Kim‚Äôs statement as a clear announcement that North Korea would ramp up its already brisk pace of weapons testing, which has included missiles meant to target U.S. forces throughout Asia and the U.S. mainland.
On Tuesday, Trump mocked Kim as a ‚Äúrocket man‚ÄĚ on a ‚Äúsuicide mission,‚ÄĚ and said that if ‚Äúforced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.‚ÄĚ
Kim characterised Trump‚Äôs speech to the world body as ‚Äúmentally deranged behaviour.‚ÄĚ
He said Trump‚Äôs remarks ‚Äúhave convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last.‚ÄĚ
Kim said he was ‚Äúthinking hard‚ÄĚ about his response and that Trump ‚Äúwill face results beyond his expectation.‚ÄĚ
Kim Dong-yub, a former South Korean military official who is now an analyst at Seoul‚Äôs Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said Kim‚Äôs statement indicated that North Korea would respond to Trump with its most aggressive missile test yet.
That might include firing a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile over Japan to a range of around 4,349 miles to display a capability to reach Hawaii or Alaska.
In recent months, the North has launched a pair of still-developmental ICBMs it said were capable of striking the continental United States and a pair of intermediate-range missiles that soared over Japanese territory.
Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date, drawing stiffer UN sanctions.
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