En esta foto del 21 de septiembre de 2017 distribuida el viernes 22 de septiembre de 2017 por el gobierno norcoreano, el líder norcoreano Kim Jong Un lee una declaración en respuesta al discurso del presidente estadounidense Donald Trump en las Naciones Unidas, en Pyongyang, Corea del Norte. En un regaño extraordinariamente directo, Kim calificó a Trump de "trastornado" y dijo que "pagará caras" sus amenazas, posible indicio de nuevos ensayos armamentistas inminentes. No se permitió el acceso de periodistas independientes al evento retratado en esta imagen distribuida por la Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service. El contenido de esta imagen es el provisto, sin verificación independiente. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

The Latest: Kim 1st NKorean ruler to directly address world

September 21, 2017 - 10:58 pm
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's nuclear program (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

South Korea says Kim Jong Un's rebuke against U.S. President Donald Trump marked the first time a North Korean leader directly issued a statement to the international community under his name.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said Friday neither of the two men who ruled North Korea before Kim Jong Un — his father, Kim Jong Il, and his grandfather and national founder Kim Il Sung — issued any similar statement.

Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun says North Korea should stop provocations that would "lead to its own isolation and demise."

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11:20 a.m.

South Korea calls North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's direct rebuke of President Donald Trump a "reckless provocation" that would deepen his country's international isolation and lead to its demise.

South Korea's Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told reporters Friday that North Korea must immediately stop such a provocation and return to talks on its nuclear disarmament.

Earlier Friday, Kim issued a rare statement calling Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for his threats to destroy North Korea.

During his speech before the U.N. General Assembly earlier this week, Trump vowed to "totally destroy North Korea" if provoked.

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10:15 a.m.

South Korean media report North Korea's top diplomat says his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean to fulfill leader Kim Jong Un's vow to take the "highest-level" action against the United States.

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho comments Thursday on the sidelines of a United Nations gathering followed an extraordinary direct statement by Kim in response to President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" North Korea.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports that Ri told reporters in New York that a response "could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific."

Ri reportedly added that "We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un."

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

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