Pyongyang mounts show of support for leader Kim

Cheryl Sanders
September 23, 2017

In a rare statement, Kim Jong-un said that Trump would "pay dearly" for his threat, a state-media report said on Friday.

Some analysts saw a clear sign that North Korea would ramp up its already brisk pace of weapons testing, which has included missiles meant to target USA forces throughout Asia and the US mainland.

"I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK", he said in the colorful and ominous statement.

The president of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, the crown prince of the southern state of Johor, met with North Korea's senior-most diplomat in Malaysia on Tuesday to discuss the match, according to a statement from the Johor palace.

Believe it or not, Kim's statement actually used gentler language than his propaganda specialists have favoured in the past.

Ri made the comment to reporters at the United Nations and added that any potential action would have to be approved by Kim Jong Un.

The angry response also came after the USA on Thursday sharply ramped up sanctions aimed at curtailing North Korea's nuclear weapons drive, targeting the regime's trading partners with a sweeping ban on business.

Though the bomb could in theory be dropped from a plane, North Korea analysts say Pyongyang is likely to opt for a missile, as a means of showcasing its newest and most sophisticated technology.

Kim used the insult not once but twice in his statement, which was a response Trump's address Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, in which the USA president called Kim "Rocket Man" and threatened to "totally destroy North Korea".

North Korea has been working tirelessly on developing missiles that can reach the United States and its allies and pair them with a miniaturized nuclear warheads.

Hours after the North Korea's foreign minister's warning, Japan's defense minister Itsunori Onodera issued a statement that the country must ready itself for the sudden escalation in tensions and be prepared for a missile launch.

"Rocket man should have been handled a long time ago", the president said at a rally in Alabama, appearing to suggest that past American presidents - Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama - should have dealt with the North Korea threat before it got to this point. "Because we really have no choice, we really have no choice", he said.

Trump "insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history", Kim said, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

Trump has become known for using language similar to that usually employed by North Korea.

Complicating North Korea's military threat and the US response to it is the large arsenal of conventional and chemical weapons that the North has at its disposal against USA ally South Korea.

"They may be bluffing, but there is a need for them to test their combined missile-bomb capability".

"Now their reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life".

"The global community is raising voices of denunciation, being deeply concerned about such outbursts and wild words as "total destruction" of a sovereign state, not just "overturn of social system" and "regime change", he said". North Korea frequently times high-profile missile tests and other events to coincide with key anniversaries.

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