North Korea's Foreign Minister has dismissed Donald Trump's address to the United Nations as "the sound of a dog barking," brushing aside the President's warning the US will "totally destroy" the rogue nation if threatened.
Mr Trump's debut speech to the UN General Assembly marked his most direct threat to attack North Korea for its hostile activities that have included launching ballistic missiles over Japan and conducting underground nuclear tests.
He also mocked Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong-un as a "rocket man on a suicide mission".
But in the North's first official reaction to Mr Trump's speech, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho brushed off the remarks.
"There is a saying that goes: 'Even when dogs bark, the parade goes on'," Mr Ri said in televised comments to reporters in front of a hotel near the UN headquarters in New York.
"If [Mr Trump] was thinking about surprising us with dog-barking sounds then he is clearly dreaming."
When asked by reporters what he thought of Mr Trump's "rocket man" comments, Mr Ri said: "I feel sorry for his aides."
Mr Ri is slated to make a UN speech on Friday.
Fears Trump's rhetoric could provoke Kim
During his speech, Mr Trump urged member states to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it halts its hostile behaviour.
He said if North Korea threatened the United States or its allies, "we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".
South Korea's presidential office later said Mr Trump's warning to North Korea had been "firm and specific".
Publicly, the South Korean Government has described Mr Trump's speech as an expression of how serious the United States views the North Korean nuclear challenge.
But two senior South Korean diplomats expressed concern Mr Trump's rhetoric could provoke a miscalculation from Mr Kim and prompt him to launch an attack.
Mr Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are set on the last day of Mr Trump's four-day visit to New York, and then have lunch with Mr Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his German counterpart the situation on the Korean peninsula was getting more serious by the day and could not be allowed to spin out of control, the state-run China News Service said.
A resolution to the North Korea issue must rely on talks as well as sanctions, Mr Wang said, meeting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting in New York on Wednesday, the report added.