Trump Fires Back at Kim in Insult War

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 23, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un issued a direct statement Friday that attacked U.S. President Donald Trump and warned America could "pay dearly" for threatening military action.

In a tirade against Trump responding to the USA president's thundering speech at the United Nations this week, the North's leader Kim Jong-Un warned of the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

Mr Trump's threat to "totally destroy" North Korea and impose new sanctions had "convinced" him he was right to continue developing nuclear weapons, Mr Kim said.

World News - President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he had signed an executive order authorizing additional sanctions against North Korea by targeting individuals, companies and financial institutions that do business with what he called "this criminal rogue regime".

And while we're glad Trump's administration insists it is seeking a diplomatic resolution, we wonder if his insulting language describing North Korea's Kim Jong Un won't do more harm than good.

It was the United States president's most direct reference to military action so far against the North, which conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on September 3.

Ri told reporters that such a launch was at the discretion of the country's leader, Kim Jong-un.

As China is North Korea most important trading partner, the suspension of textile imports is expected to affect Pyongyang's income.

"Rocket man is on a suicide mission", Trump said Tuesday.

The latest threats of a bomb-and-missile test coming out of Pyongyang, as NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reported earlier this month, raises the specter not seen since the height of the Cold War.

Kim said he is "thinking hard" about his response and that he would "tame the mentally deranged U".

"North Korea has continued to make provocations and this is extremely deplorable and this is angered both me and our people", said the South Korean President Moon Jae-in. "This is exactly what the North Korean regime is telling its people - that you need a strong leader, you need a nuclear program in order to protect yourselves from the United States".

Although the USA already penalises foreign firms having ties with North Korea's military programs, the wider ambit of the latest sanction would be applicable to all businesses.

"Regarding which measures to take, I don't really know since it is what Kim Jong Un does", Ri said.

South Korea has denounced Kim Jong Un's escalating rhetoric and China has also weighed in, urging North Korea to stop persisting on a risky course.

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