Trump threats against North Korea benefit U.S. deep state

Posted September 24, 2017

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un makes a statement regarding U.S. President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations general assembly, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 22, 2017. Trump also threated to "totally destroy" North Korea, should it make good on threats to attack the USA or its allies.

Ri added, however, that any potential action would have to be approved by the country's leader Kim Jong-un.

A handful of North Korea analysts believe Kim's response - the first time he has ever released a first-person statement - could show how personally the young leader took Trump's speech.

In a rare statement, Kim said that Trump would "pay dearly" for his threat, a state media report said.

Mr Kim ended his statement by saying he would "surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire".

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Trump had earlier threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury". Kim also called the United States president a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters on Friday said if North Korea tested a nuclear bomb in the Pacific Ocean it would be the closest the Hermit Kingdom has come to committing an act of war.

If North Korea follows through on its latest threat of setting off a nuclear explosion over the Pacific Ocean, it will ultimately be up to President Trump whether the United States will respond with military action, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told ABC News on Friday.

Kim looks up at the sky at what is said to have been a missile launch in August.

"By making people look up the word #dotard, Kim Jong Un has done more for American education than Betsy DeVos", wrote one user.

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The new sanctions allow the U.S. Treasury Department to freeze assets of anyone who does of business with North Korea.

China responded to the war of words, warning that the situation was "complicated and sensitive". Also read: Can North Korean Hydrogen Bomb Evaporate New York in Case of Surface Blast?

"If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph, the USA has great strength and patience", Trump said in an address to the United Nations on Tuesday.

Tensions have risen with North Korea resisting intense worldwide pressure to halt its nuclear and missile programs.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has confused a lot of English-speakers - though this time not about what he intends with his nuclear programme.

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