Kim fires off insults at Trump and hints at weapons test

Cheryl Sanders
September 24, 2017

Meanwhile when North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho was asked what Kim might do in response to rising tensions said Pyongyang could consider a hydrogen bomb test on the Pacific Ocean of an unprecedented scale, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

President Donald Trump gestures for people to take their seat at a luncheon with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in NY.

Following this warning, Japan's defence minister has stated that "we can not deny the possibility it may fly over our country", hours after Kim Jong-un called Trump "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician".

Earlier Friday Kim blasted Trump as a "mentally deranged USA dotard" who will "pay dearly" for threatening to destroy North Korea.

The statement stressed Kim was in no mood to change course. I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.

Trump, on the other hand, called the North Korean regime a "band of criminals" and their leader a "Rocket Man" on "a suicide mission".

Trump has previously derided Kim Jong Un as "rocket man", both on Twitter and during his United Nations speech. Appearing on ABC News, he emphasized the administration's diplomatic efforts and economic sanctions aimed at taming Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. But we are not in this alone.

China wants to stop North Korea's nuclear and missile development but has warned against pushing the government of Kim Jong Un so hard it collapses or hurting ordinary North Koreans.

Even amid such sanctions and threats, Trump and his aides say they hope to resolve the stand-off over nuclear weapons without resorting to military action.

Responding to the speech, Kim released a statement saying that Trump will "pay dearly" for his address to the United Nations and that North Korea is considering the strongest possible response to what he calls Trump's provocation.

Vipin Narang, a nuclear expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said this would be worse than testing a longer range for an intercontinental ballistic missile, which is another scenario the North may be considering.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said to the UN Security Council: "North Korea may assume that nuclear weapons may ensure the survival of its regime".

On Aug. 8, Donald Trump said that any threats from North Korea would be met with "fire and fury," to which North Korea responded by leveling threats at Guam, a US territory and military base in the Western Pacific, and escalating tests of nuclear weapons it claims can reach the USA mainland. "If it works, and it is reasonable to assume that they can place an atomic bomb onto a missile, then a red line will have to be drawn, particularly if it is a hydrogen bomb", Bretton-Gordon said. In a one-and-only such test in 1962, the US launched a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile from a submerged submarine. "But a live nuclear weapons launch and detonation in the Pacific would be an extraordinarily irresponsible act".

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