Russian Federation wants Trump and Kim Jong Un to calm down

Yolanda Curtis
September 24, 2017

"As a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honour of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the USA pay dearly for his speech".

"Trump is mentally deranged and full of megalomania", Ri explained to the United Nations General Assembly, adding that the USA president is the "gravest threat to worldwide peace and security today".

China has announced that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under United Nations sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development, further reducing support from Pyongyang's last ally. The 28-country bloc agreed to a ban on investments in North Korea and European Union exports of oil to the regime, diplomatic sources said in Brussels. However, the underlying message it appears to be giving is one of disbelief that a US president is not backing down and is making such a forceful threat.

"The Security Council resolution also bans all North Korea textile exports, worth an average of $760 million over the past three years".

In a rare personal statement, via state media, the North Korean leader said Mr Trump would "pay dearly" for his recent speech to the UN.

However, South Korea's state weather agency says there is insufficient ground to assume today's natural disaster in the North to be linked to another missile test.

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

The head of the nuclear test monitoring agency CTBTO said on Saturday that analysts were "looking at unusual seismic activity of a much smaller magnitude" than the Sept 3 test in North Korea.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, who had earlier compared Mr Trump's speech to "the sound of a barking dog", has warned that Pyongyang could test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean in response to the U.S. president's threat.

Hours before Kim's statement, Trump announced stiffer new sanctions on North Korea as he met his South Korean and Japanese counterparts in NY. The president spoke of his own nation's "patience", but said that if "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

Would exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, as North Korea has threatened, push the current war of words between the USA and North Korea closer to actual war?

The sentiments were echoed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said: "military hysteria is not just an impasse, it's disaster". If North Korea makes a decision even now to stand on the right side of history, we are ready to assist North Korea together with the worldwide community. "But the North is leaving too little room for the USA to do so with the latest series of threats and provocations", he said. "You've got to start talking to North Korea to develop a compromise".

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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