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United States bombers fly close to North Korean shores in show of force

United States bombers fly close to North Korean shores in show of force

He said the U.S. leader who "holds the nuclear button" posed "the gravest threat to global peace and security today".

President Donald Trump has threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if the United States was forced to defend itself or its allies against a North Korean attack.

The North, which says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself against the threat of a U.S. invasion, responded on Friday with a rare personal rebuke from Kim, who called Trump "mentally deranged" and threatened the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

As with much that has transpired lately in the U.S.

North Korea has refused to stop its missile and nuclear tests, despite successive rounds of United Nations sanctions.

The U.S. flew bombers and fighter jets along the North Korean coast Saturday to send a message about the "military options" open to America in dealing with Kim Jong Un's regime, the Pentagon said.

US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew in global airspace off North Korea's eastern coast in the latest show of force against the isolated country, officials said, amid an escalating war of words between Pyongyang and Washington.

He also said that Trump's depiction of Kim as "Rocket Man" makes "our rocket's visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more".

Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date, drawing stiffer United Nations sanctions.

The US characterised the flights as extending further north of the DMZ, which separates North and South Korea, than any US fighter or bomber had gone off the North Korean coast in the 21st century.

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!

North Korea's state media issued a statement Saturday from the National Peace Committee of Korea describing Trump as "wicked" and "a rabid dog".

Trump announced new U.S. sanctions on Thursday targeting companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea.

In a speech this week before the U.N., Trump warned North Korea that it could face potential obliteration and mocked the North's young leader as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission".

Labor leader Bill Shorten will meet with South Korea's prime minister during a four-day trip which will also include security talks in Japan.

"The most probable hypothesis now is that it is the outcome of the previous event... which could still have further repercussions", Mr Zerbo told the AFP news agency, referring to North Korea's massive nuclear test on 3 September.

China is North Korea's most important trading partner, and one of its only sources of hard currency.