Does NKorean H-bomb threat push U.S. closer to war?

Andrew Cummings
September 24, 2017

Trump tweeted the threat following a rare, explosive statement from Kim, who warned the USA president would "pay dearly" for his address to the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week.

"Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!" the president tweeted.

"Kim Jong Un would have to accept considerable risk of failure - or worse, a missile carrying a nuclear warhead could crash into Japan - if he elects to use the Hwasong-12 or -14", Elleman said.

President Donald Trump has added economic action to his fiery military threats against North Korea, authorizing stiffer new sanctions in response to the Koreans' nuclear weapons advances.

South Korea said it was the first direct statement of its kind by a North Korean leader. Granted, he called Trump a "mentally deranged United States dotard" (a word to describe a fragile elderly person) and a "frightened dog".

In a statement on Friday, Kim responded by saying that "a frightened dog barks louder" and Trump would "pay dearly" for his comments - triggering the USA head of state to describe him as a "madman".

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said banks doing business in North Korea would not be allowed to also operate in the United States.

However, the rhetoric was starting to rattle some in the global community.

But Chung Sung-Yoon, analyst at the Korea Institute for National Unification, said that the North itself may have shelved the idea of negotiations until it reaches its nuclear goal. It does, however, raise many questions, including: How would the North undertake such a nuclear test, what risks might it pose to Japan and how would the US respond?

Kim basically called Trump old and senile, but while Kim did not actually say the word "dotard", it was translated that way, Mashable reported.

French Sports Minister Laura Flessel said France's team would not travel to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea if its security can not be guaranteed.

"He is telling his country that the American president at the United Nations said he is going to totally destroy us ... but I am not going to let that happen", Mr Delury said.

"It would also send a disturbing signal to the US and the worldwide community that North Korea had now "arrived" as a full-fledged nuclear weapon state".

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said there were "some indications" that sanctions were beginning to cause fuel shortages in North Korea.

A senior USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Washington was taking Kim's threat seriously and added that any atmospheric test would be a "game-changer". North Korea has marched closer to achieving a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike America.

As the prospect of war with North Korea loomed, the world collectively wondered: What's a dotard?

"There is still hope for peace and we must not give up".

The sentiments were echoed by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, who said "military hysteria is not just an impasse, it's disaster".

All six of North Korea's nuclear tests thus far, dating to 2006, have been conducted in underground tunnels.

The North accuses the United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, of planning to invade and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies.

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