Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un, Trump Threats Worry Russia

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un, Trump Threats Worry Russia

President Trump harshly criticized North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the United Nations on September 19, calling him "Rocket Man" and threatening to "totally destroy North Korea" if need be.

Kim said Trump's remarks "have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last".

The U.S. president on Tuesday denounced the North Korean regime in his first speech at the U.N. General Assembly, labelling Kim a "rocket man" on a "suicide mission".

"I certainly don't rule out that this administration could decide that a North Korean nuclear weapon on an ICBM is a big enough threat to overrule the concerns that [crippling sanctions on a big Chinese bank] could harm both economies and crack the trade relationship", he said.

For the moment though, tiny, impoverished North Korea has pulled off an global public relations coup by drawing the world's most powerful man into a direct war of words with its leader.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says North Korea's Kim Jong Un is "being tested" by the strongest sanctions ever put in place by the USA and the worldwide community.

In a statement hours after the USA imposed more sanctions on Pyongyang Kim called Mr Trump "mentally deranged", a "dotard" and a "gangster fond of playing with fire", who was "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country". He also called Trump "deranged" and "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire".

The state news agency KCNA, quoting the foreign ministry statement, said the economic restrictions - which U.S. officials estimate could deny the impoverished state more than $2 billion in revenue - were an "act of hostility to physically exterminate the people of" North Korea.

'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, ' the statement further said.

They'll have to sit down together eventually.

"Finally, we are beginning to apply maximum pressure on Kim Jong Un", said Ed Royce, the Republican head of the House foreign affairs committee. "Saber rattling." An ABC News correspondent said Trump's threat "borders on the threat of committing a war crime".

Kim said the property mogul and reality television star turned politician had been criticised on the U.S. campaign trail as a "political layman".

The threat comes after US President Donald Trump said he would "totally destroy" North Korea.

'Regarding which measures to take, I don't really know since it is what Kim Jong Un does'. Because the USA 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".

Even though China has supported a series of tough United Nations resolutions this year targeting a growing portion of North Korea's economy, many experts are skeptical that Chinese officials and companies are fully applying the sanctions.

Such an atmospheric test would be the first globally since China detonated a device in 1980, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

A paradise of lush green landscape and a river teaming with birdlife lay ahead in the 4km no man's land, but underneath its natural beauty lies a sea of landmines, and blockaded secret tunnels that North Korea constructed in the 1970s in order to infiltrate the South and take it over.

"Kim Jong Un of North obviously a madman". The test involved a nuclear-tipped missile fired from a USA submarine toward Christmas Island and detonated over the Pacific Ocean.

His executive order expanded the Treasury Department's ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea, and to ban them from interacting with the US financial system.

Despite existing United Nations sanctions against North Korea, the Bank of Korea says North Korea's economy grew by 3.9% a year ago.

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