'Madman' North Korean leader to be 'tested like never before'

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 24, 2017

North Korea staged a mass rally in the heart of its capital on Saturday to hail leader Kim Jong Un's pledge to fight against U.S. President Donald Trump.

Ri said the president's speech was an "irreversible mistake making it inevitable" that North Korean rockets one day would hit the US mainland.

Tillerson says American diplomatic efforts "continue unabated" to try to bring Kim's government to the negotiating table. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also said banks doing business in North Korea would not be allowed to operate in the United States.

Trump responded on Twitter Friday morning, saying Kim Jong Un is "obviously a madman".

Trump called the North Korean leader a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard".

Days after President Donald Trump threatened North Korea and belittled its leader in a speech at the United Nations, a official from the isolated communist nation blasted the president from the same stage and touted his country's nuclear weapons program.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho's remarks before the United Nations General Assembly came hours after US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in global airspace over waters east of North Korea, in a show of force the Pentagon said demonstrated the range of military options available to Trump.

Trump's latest steps to punish foreign companies that deal with the North was the latest salvo in a USA -led campaign to isolate and impoverish the government of Kim Jong Un until it halts the missile and nuclear tests.

In his speech, Trump called North Korean regime a "band of criminals" and Kim a "Rocket Man" on "a suicide mission".

Instead of reining in North Korea's nuclear ambitions, Trump's insults appear to be fueling them.

The new sanctions gave the Trump Administration the power to penalize individual companies and institutions that trade with and finance North Korea.

North Korea escalated the situation further when the nation's foreign minister revealed Pyongyang could conduct the H-bomb test, and, between tweets about healthcare and "The Russia hoax", Trump fired back. He also called Trump "deranged" and "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire".

North Korea has made swift progress in its efforts to develop a nuclear weapon that could target the USA mainland.

Kim added that Trump "surely is a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician", and called him a "mentally deranged USA dotard", using a relatively obscure word that Merriam-Webster defines as "a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness".

He said the US' goal is "complete denuclearisation" of North Korea.

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