US Allies Split on Trump's Threat to Destroy North Korea

US Allies Split on Trump's Threat to Destroy North Korea

London [U.K.], September 22: After United States President Donald Trump announced another sanction against North Korea, the country's leader Kim Jong-Un called the former mentally deranged USA dotard.

Kim had delivered a tongue-lashing of his own - vowing to "surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire", in an address read out on state television by a star news anchor before a still image of Kim at his desk.

Kim's foreign minister later said North Korea may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean to fulfill Kim's vow to take the "highest-level" action against the United States.

Ri Yong Ho spoke to reporters in NY shortly after Kim made an unprecedented televised statement, accusing Trump of being a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard".

Kim lashed out after Trump stunned the world on Tuesday when he used his maiden UNGA speech to warn the North Korea that Washington would "totally destroy" it if the United States or its allies were attacked.

Experts believe President Trump's speech on Tuesday before the United Nations was meant to send a message to North Korea and the world.

Kim said he is "thinking hard" about his response and that he would "tame the mentally deranged U".

Ri's address to the United Nations will be pushed back one day to today, Yonhap reported, citing unidentified people.

Some analysts saw Kim's statement as a clear announcement that North Korea would ramp up its already brisk pace of weapons testing, which has included missiles meant to target USA forces throughout Asia and the US mainland.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said yesterday at a briefing in Beijing that he wouldn't comment on personal remarks made by the parties involved.

But meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump said "Why not?" when asked whether there could be a dialogue with North Korea.

"Voices from every corner of the world are calling on him to cease his programme, and let's talk about the future of North Korea and the North Korean people", Tillerson said.

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

Experts say the most likely way North Korea would conduct an atmospheric test over the Pacific is to launch a long-range missile - probably flying over Japan - and have its nuclear warhead detonate in the skies over a remote part of the ocean.

In Taiwan, the Executive Yuan yesterday said in a statement that Premier William Lai (賴清德) has made a decision to enforce bans on imports from and exports to North Korea. One of the most far-reaching sanctions packages in history, this legislation passed the House and the Senate and was signed into law by President Trump in August.

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