'Madman' N. Korea leader to be 'tested like never before'

Kristopher Drake
September 24, 2017

After United States President Donald Trump announced another sanction against North Korea, the country's leader Kim Jong-Un called the former "mentally deranged US dotard".

Kim's statement was in response to Trump's combative speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday in which he mocked Kim as "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission" and said that if "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

The US president vowed to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea, used the nickname "Rocket Man" for Kim, and at the United Nations on Tuesday threatened to "totally destroy" the North if provoked.

In addition to the nuclear test, North Korea has launched dozens of missiles since Kim came to power in 2011.

"It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific", Mr Ri said, quoted by South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

These words, however, carry the weight of an unprecedented personal rebuke from North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un.

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.

For practical reasons - the impossibility of paying out, being one - you can't bet on whether or not the end of the world is nigh, but the rhetoric from global leaders this week means nuclear war feels more likely now than it has for decades. China is North Korea's main trading partner and conduit for worldwide transactions.

Earlier Friday, Kim blasted Trump as a "mentally deranged United States dotard" who will "pay dearly" for threatening to destroy North Korea. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump have tried many different approaches: from bilateral talks and aid programmes to military threats and economic sanctions.

To prevent the further spread of nuclear weapons, the permanent members of the UN Security Council must ensure that the North Korean regime continues to suffer economically and politically, and show that countries that do not seek nuclear weapons end up more prosperous and secure than those that do.

But some questioned if the North Korean leader even used this word at all, or if his actual comments were lost in translation.

The U.S. and North Korea have gone back and forth in recent weeks.

Kim stated that he would not abandon Pyongyang's nuclear tests, and threatened to make Trump "pay dearly" for his speech.

And he pointed the finger at his predecessor, Barack Obama, and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton for not dealing with the North Korea threat earlier.

The announcement came as Trump met in NY with leaders from close US allies South Korea and Japan, the nations most imperiled by North Korea's threats. "This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean". Also yesterday Trump said China has agreed to order its banks to limit their interactions with North Korea, a potentially major development.

Kim Jong-un is the Dear Leader of a communist hellhole, but most of us are hoping and praying that he will indeed tame the mentally deranged dotard with fire.

The first track, economic sanctions, took another step forward Thursday when Mr. Trump announced what are potentially the toughest USA economic punishments yet, not just going after Pyongyang's enterprises and people, but also attempting to isolate third parties that do business with North Korea.

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