Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Trump's threat akin to 'sound of a dog barking' - N. Korea

Trump's threat akin to 'sound of a dog barking' - N. Korea

North Korea's foreign minister has described as "the sound of a dog barking" President Donald Trump's threat to destroy his country.

In his lengthy response, Kim slammed Trump as "mentally deranged" and said the American president had "made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history".

But today Kim personally responded to President Trump's threat of totally destroying North Korea in a rare speech quoted by North Korean state media.

Calling Trump's comments "the most ferocious declaration of a war in history", Kim said his United Nations speech on Tuesday confirmed Pyongyang's nuclear program has been "the correct path".

The two countries have been engaging in increasingly heated rhetoric in recent months.

He stopped short of going after North Korea's biggest trading partner, China, but praised Beijing's central bank for ordering Chinese banks to stop doing business with North Korea.

Earlier on September 19, Trump, in his first address to the UNGA, attacked North Korea and termed its supreme leader Kim Jong-un as "a rocket man, who is on a suicide mission".

Kim said that Trump's remarks had convinced him that the path he has chosen is correct and he will follow it.

"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire", he said. Such a move is not typical of the North Korean regime. The word, according to Google, means a senile old person.

Mr Kim's comments prompted swift criticism from the Japanese government.

Mr Kim subsequently vowed to "establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option for the DPRK", referring to North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

North Korea has put the global community on alert over the past few months, conducting a slew of intercontinental ballistic missile tests, and sending two over Japanese airspace.

On Thursday, the president announced new sanctions against North Korea after meeting with the leaders of South Korea and Japan.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said sanctions were needed to bring Pyongyang to the negotiating table and force it to give up its nuclear weapons, adding that Seoul was not seeking North Korea's collapse. At the beginning of September, it conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test yet, drawing wide condemnation from the global community.

And it bars aircraft and ships that have visited North Korea from stopping in the US for 180 days.

The new U.S. order will allow Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to blacklist foreign banks that conduct or facilitate significant transactions tied to North Korean trade or with those under existing sanctions.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that "military hysteria" over the nuclear testing would lead to "disaster", while China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Pyongyang not to go in a "dangerous direction".

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