Turning the Screws on North Korea

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

In the statement, which was written in the first person, Kim says North Korea will make the United States leader "pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK".

The North Korean leader responded saying Trump would "pay dearly" for the threat and Ri told reporters Friday that it could conduct the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific.

In a rare statement attributed directly to Kim, he said that the "mentally deranged" Trump was "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country", before going on to describe the President as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire".

A handful of North Korea analysts believe that this is the first time Kim Jong Un has ever released a first-person statement.

"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire", Kim said.

And he said Trump's "reckless and violent words" had provoked "the supreme dignity" of North Korea and "rendered this sacred United Nations arena tainted".

South Korea Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-Hyun told reporters on September 22 that Kim Jong-Un's direct rebuke of Trump was a "reckless provocation" that would deepen the North's worldwide isolation and "lead to its demise". "Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind".

The United Nations Security Council had also condemned the recent launch of another ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and called on the country's leadership to halt such activities and explore resumption of honest dialogue on de-nuclearisation.

You are not aloud to insult our leader like that.

In an executive order issued Thursday, the Treasury Department has been granted expanded latitude to target anyone trading with North Korea, barring them from using the US banking system.

Ri said, however, that North Korea has no intention of using or threatening to use nuclear weapons against countries that don't join US military actions against the DPRK.

He stressed that North Korea's nuclear drive was aimed at developing a "war deterrent" and declared that his country was a "responsible nuclear weapon state".

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Wednesday termed Trump's speech at UNGA as "sound of a dog barking".

Pyongyang later said it had tested a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a missile - an assertion that no foreign government has so far confirmed.

He added that United States continues to seek a "complete denuclearisation of North Korea".

Chung Sung-Yoon, an analyst at the Korea Institute for National Unification, said there was a "very high possibility" that Kim would follow through with a provocation of some sort.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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