Japan urged worldwide unity Wednesday in pressuring North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, even as another key US ally pushed back against President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" the rogue nation if it attacked.
President Donald Trump, speaking at the UN, threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend the United States or its allies.
"I'd like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world", Kim said, according to The Associated Press.
The North's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in NY late Wednesday that "It would be a dog's dream if he meant to scare us with the sound of a dog barking".
"I was able to reaffirm that Japan and the US are 100% on the same page", Abe told reporters after the meeting, which lasted about an hour. He also mocked Kim Jong-un with a disparaging nickname, saying: "Rocket man is on a suicide mission".
The tougher stance follows North Korea's largest nuclear test earlier this month.
The CTBTO, or Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty Organization, which monitors nuclear tests, and officials of the South Korean meteorological agency also said they believed it was a natural quake.
The U.S. President added the new measures will make foreign banks face a clear choice of doing business with the U.S., or helping North Korea continue its trade.
Just hours before Ri took the United Nations podium, USA bombers flew off the east coast of North Korea, flying the furthest north of the demilitarized zone of any U.S. aircraft this century.
"This mission is a demonstration of USA resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat", said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White.
Asked Thursday about new punishment for the North, Trump said: "We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea".
The sanctions also allow Treasury Department authorities to target individuals who provide goods, services or technology to North Korea.
The White House said North Korea's energy, medical, mining, textiles, and transportation industries were among those targeted and that the US Treasury could sanction anyone who owns, controls or operates a port of entry in North Korea.
South Korea's government said it was the first such direct address to the world by any North Korean leader.
A limited amount of petroleum allowed under the United Nations resolution will still be exported to North Korea.