Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Trump Fires Back at Kim in Insult War: 'Obviously a Madman'

A man watches a television news program showing President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul on Aug. 9 2017 'Bodies blown to bits': the depravity of Kim Jong-un
Sammy Stanley | 24 September, 2017, 02:20

The explosive statement comes as a large 3.4 magnitude natural disaster struck North Korea, sparking fears Kim has tested another hydrogen bomb.

Trump's comments echoed those of Defense Minister James Mattis who said earlier this month that the United States has the capability to completely destroy North Korea if needed, and that he had provided the president with detailed briefings on all of the options. In a statement released by Korean Central News Agency, North Korea's state-sanctioned news organization, Kim described Trump's rhetoric as "unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors".

"We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un".

Kim Dong-yub, a former South Korean military official who is now an analyst at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said Kim Jong Un's statement indicated that North Korea will respond to Trump with its most aggressive missile test yet.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

The North's incessant glorification of Kim is abetted in large part by its success in portraying a leader willing and able to defy, with threats and proud disdain, a purported US -led campaign to crush North Korea with the toughest imaginable sanctions.

"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire", the despotic leader concluded.

Afterwards, Hee Yeon said tanks moved in and ran over the pieces of the victims' bodies.

He spoke just days after Trump, in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, derisively called Kim "Rocket Man" and said it might be necessary to "completely destroy" North Korea.

China says North Korean quake 'suspected explosion', South Korea says likely natural
There have been so many rounds of sanctions against North Korea that it can be hard to keep track. Imports of textiles from North Korea would also be banned immediately, the statement said.

North Korea says it needs to have a nuclear deterrent because the United States intends to invade it. Analysts say the North is likely to soon achieve its objective of possessing nuclear missiles capable of reaching any part of the US homeland.

North Korea has an army compared in size to the U.S., with nearly one million active personnel, including 200,000 special forces soldiers.

Kim Jong-un's rhetorical flourish might seem like an outlandish tongue-lashing of the United States leader, but it is rather tame compared to the florid language normally deployed by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency, which is peppered with flamboyant, imaginative and often antiquated language.

America has collectively learned a new word regardless, but all this debate presumes that Kim Jong-un's letter was accurately translated to English in the first place.

Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on September 3 and has launched dozens of missiles this year as it accelerates a program aimed at enabling it to target the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

Speaking about Trump's threats to North Korea, Kim said that Trump was someone who liked playing with fire and is "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country".

Second, Pyongyang could fire an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) mounted with a nuclear warhead over Japan to land in the Pacific Ocean.

North Korea's six nuclear tests to date have all been underground, and experts say an atmospheric test, which would be the first since one by China in 1980, would be proof of the success of its weapons program. The United States had pressed for a complete ban on oil sales to the North but received pushback from China and Russian Federation.

If Ri was referring to an atmospheric detonation of a nuke, something that hasn't happened since a Chinese test in 1980, it could endanger people and transportation across the region.

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