Past US presidents' insults of North Korea now seem quaint

Cheryl Sanders
September 24, 2017

Ri Yong-ho said Donald Trump's recent insults about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un makes "our rocket's visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more".

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, in NY for the U.N. General Assembly, said Thursday evening that his country could detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean, but also told reporters, "We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un".

In return, Kim concluded the statement by saying he will "surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire".

"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", Delury said.

He added that North Korea's textile, fishing, information technology, and manufacturing industries were among those the United States could target with the sanctions.

He added that Pyongyang doesn't have any intention at all to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against the countries that do not join the United States military actions against the country. South Korea said it was the first direct address to the world by any North Korean leader.

First there was US President Donald Trump threatening to annihilate North Korea.

All of North Korea's nuclear tests (six total) have thus far been underground.

George Bush grouped North Korea with Iraq and Iran under the label "axis of evil", which is hardly a compliment, but neither is it a personal insult.

"The very reason the DPRK had to possess nuclear weapons is because of the US", he said.

He called Kim Jong Un a mad man, adding that the North Korean dictator will be tested like never before.

The North Korean nuclear crisis has dominated this year's gathering of world leaders at the United Nations amid fears that the heated rhetoric could accidentally trigger a war.

State media also said vice chairman of the central committee of the Workers' Party Choe Ryong Hae presided over the meeting and top officials including former Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong and propaganda chief Kim Ki Nam were in attendance.

Trump condemned North Korea in his speech earlier this week.

Earlier this month the UN Security Council unanimously adopted its ninth round of sanctions on Pyongyang to counter its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs.

Pressed on what the administration's response would be if North Korea went ahead with the test of a hydrogen bomb, the secretary of state said "all of our military options" are "on the table".

A further possibility, in the event the tremor was not caused by a nuclear detonation, is that tunnel infrastructure at North Korea's testing site collapsed to some extent.

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