War of words ratchets up between Kim and Trump

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2017

The statement, which called Trump "a frightened dog" and a "dotard", was delivered by Kim Jong Un himself, and even included a picture of the North Korean leader sitting behind a desk, apparently reading from the statement.

North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told this to media on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY on Thursday. Regarding which measures to take, I don't really know since it is what Kim Jong-un does.

During his United Nations speech, Trump decried North Korea's continued provocations and said if it continued, the U.S. would "have no choice but to totally destroy" the country.

President Trump responded to the insult from Kim Jong Un with the following message on Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR).

Meanwhile, in a statement reported by North Korea's official news agency, Kim Jong Un said US President Donald Trump is "deranged" and will "pay dearly" for his threats.

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 own nuclear programme was "the correct path".

North Korean envoy Ri is expected to meet on Saturday with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who will send out feelers on possible diplomatic talks.

Trump also cast doubt on the possibility of bringing North Korea to the negotiating table, a move that would be at odds with the latest sanctions from the UN Security Council and another series of sanctions from the US.

Experts say Trump's speech could have an opposite effect, intensifying the deteriorating situation in the Korean peninsula.

Returning insult with insult, Kim said the president was "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country".

As Taiwan is part of the global community, it must impose sanctions on North Korea in compliance with the UN Security Council's decisions, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said, calling for North Korea to cease actions that harm regional peace, stability and prosperity.

Under President Trump's executive order, issued Thursday, trading partners and financial institutions doing business with North Korea face steep penalties.

McKinney, a retired Army colonel who spent more than 40 years working on US-Korea military planning, said he was more concerned that North Korea may test-fire a missile toward Guam, a US territory in the Pacific. One of the most far-reaching sanctions packages in history, this legislation passed the House and the Senate and was signed into law by President Trump in August.

The dispatch was unusual in that it was written in the first person, albeit filtered through the North's state media, which are part of propaganda efforts meant to glorify Kim.

Hee Yeon fled North Korea with her mother and younger brother to South Korea after the death of her father Wui Yeon Lim, who died of alcohol problems.

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