WASHINGTON – North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un appears to be getting personal with President Donald Trump.
Whereas in the past, Kim regularly threatened destruction of the imperialist “American bastards,” in an unprecedented Thursday address to his nation Kim instead narrowed in on Trump and the U.S. president’s address hours before to the United Nations General Assembly.
“I expected he would make stereo-typed, prepared remarks a little different from what he used to utter in his office on the spur of the moment as he had to speak on the world’s biggest official diplomatic stage,” said Kim, according to a transcript of the remarks published by state-run KCNA.
“But, far from making remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful to defusing tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors … I’d like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world.”
Kim went on to say that the remarks by “the mentally deranged U.S. dotard” had not frightened him or dissuaded him from progressing with the nation’s nuclear and missile programs, but instead convinced him “that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last.”
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters in New York that the country was debating an atmospheric hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific, but that the decision was one to be made by Kim.
Friday morning Trump called Kim “obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people” by Twitter, and said that Kim “will be tested like never before!”
Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017
In his address Tuesday before the U.N., Trump threatened the total destruction of North Korea. It wasn’t the first time the Trump administration had noted that it’s not just the North Korean leadership at risk in this escalating war of words, but the conflict also risks “the destruction of its people,” as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis put it in August.
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about. That’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do.”
North Korean state media KCNA also published a round up of criticism of Trump’s speech in Western and Russian media outlets.
“The world media comment his remarks as a dangerous provocation that can provoke a war, something that can be uttered by the boss of gangsters rather than by a politician,” the North Korean outlet said.