North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has spoken about Trump’s mental health problems after the latter made a speech at the United Nations in which he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea.
“The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the U.N. arena the unethical will to ‘totally destroy’ a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking think about discretion and composure,” Kim said in statement brimming with rage and expressive language.
“His remarks which described the U.S. option through straightforward expression of his will have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that is one that I have to follow to the last,” he continued.
Pyongyang’s provocation came the same day that Trump announced new sanctions on the isolated country.
Kim referred to Trump as a “gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician” in the statement, which was reported by North Korea’s state news agency KCNA.
“A frightened dog barks louder,” Kim said.
Kim Jong Un’s latest remarks come after Trump made his first address of the UN, giving a speech in which he mocked North Korea’s leader as “Rocket man” and added that Kim Jong Un and his regime were on a suicide mission.
“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” he said, adding that North Korea would be “totally destroyed” if it attacked the U.S. or its allies.
“North Korea’s missiles and weapons development is a grave threat to peace and security in our world, and it is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal rogue regime,” Trump said, surrounded by East Asian heads of state.
“The brutal North Korean regime does not respect its own citizens or the sovereignty of other nations. A new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea’s efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to human kind,” he continued.
North Korea has escalated its nuclear weapons programme over the past several months, testing powerful Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles that experts have said can carry nuclear weapons and reach US major cities in less than an hour.
The U.N. has passed resolutions to block trade with North Korea as punishment but it is expected that Russia and China may continue to trade with North Korea and provide it with gas, oil and natural gas.
Kim, however, was defiant in his Thursday remarks.
“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” he said.