'Rocket Man' Kim Jong-Un responds to 'deranged' President Trump

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Trump's announcement of US action came as he met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly with leaders from South Korea and Japan, the nations most immediately imperiled by North Korea's threats of a missile strike.

While Trump's speech grabbed headlines for his warning that the United States will "completely destroy" North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies, he extended his outrage to the 1977 abduction of "sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl" Megumi Yokota, who has become symbolic of the abductees' plight.

South Korea called Kim Jong Un's rebuke a "reckless provocation" that would deepen his country's global isolation and lead to its demise. North Korea escalated the situation further when the nation's foreign minister revealed Pyongyang could conduct the H-bomb test, and, between tweets about healthcare and "The Russia hoax", Trump fired back.

Upon arriving at his Manhattan accommodation, Ri used a North Korean proverb "the parade goes on even if there is a dog barking" to describe Trump's speech, which had featured strong language such as threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea.

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

In a rare direct statement delivered straight to camera, Kim said that Trump would "pay dearly" for the threats, and that North Korea "will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

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

Granted, he called Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard" (a word to describe a fragile elderly person) and a "frightened dog".

North Korea could test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean in response to US President Donald Trump's threats of military action, the country's foreign minister has warned. Because the US president was speaking publicly on the world stage at the U.N., Kim thought he'd resort to "stereo-typed, prepared remarks a little different from what he used to utter in his office on the spur of the moment".

Under the dictatorial rule of the Kim dynasty - in which every aspect of life is regulated, from speech to food, employment and travel - millions of North Koreans have have died of starvation or in labor camps.

The US and South Korea are technically still at war with North Korea because the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce and not a peace treaty.

The UN Security Council recently held two unanimous 15- to-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, he said.

When asked when we'll know for sure if North Korea has a nuclear-tipped missile, nonproliferation expert Jeffrey Lewis sometimes responds with a bleak joke: "you'll see a giant bright light".

China enabled and guaranteed the security of the menacing regime that has emerged in the North and wants a buffer state - fine, then those should be Beijing's burdens.

China appeared to heed Washington's call in turn Thursday, with Trump expressing gratitude for what he said was the Chinese central bank's decision to order commercial banks to stop doing business with North Korea. He also described the US president as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire".

The South's Unification Ministry said its aid policy remains unaffected by geopolitical tensions with the North.

Trump's heated language was rare for a USA president at the rostrum of the United Nations.

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