On his flight to India, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said if North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, it would be the 'most shocking display of irresponsibility'. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said if North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific it would be the 'most shocking display of irresponsibility'. "This would be a shocking display of irresponsibility toward global health, towards stability, toward non-proliferation," Mattis said on his flight to India. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday that targeting the U.S. mainland with its rockets was inevitable after "Mr Evil President" Trump called Pyongyang's leader a "rocket man" on a suicide mission. "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!" Trump said on Twitter late on Saturday. North Korea, which has pursued its missile and nuclear programmers in defiance of international condemnation, said it "bitterly condemned the reckless remarks" of the U.S. president, saying they were an "intolerable insult to the Korean people" and a declaration of war, the North's official news agency said on Monday. In an unprecedented direct statement last Friday, Kim described Trump as a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" whom he would tame with fire. Kim said the North would consider the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" against the United States and that Trump's comments had confirmed his nuclear programs was "the correct path". North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb test on Sept. 3, prompting another round of U.N. sanctions. Pyongyang said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean. Trump on Sunday slapped new travel restrictions on citizens from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, expanding to eight the list of countries covered by his original travel bans that have been derided by critics and challenged in court.