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Madman Kim Jong Un will be tested like never before

23 Septembre 2017

South Korea says Kim Jong Un's rebuke against U.S. President Donald Trump marked the first time a North Korean leader directly issued a statement to the worldwide community under his name.

TONIGHT: Capping off a wild week at the #UNGA, Stephen wades into the war of words between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.

The statement by Kim Jong Un responded to Trump's combative speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday where he mocked Kim as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission", and said that if "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

Trump made the comments on Twitter after North Korea threatened to conduct a new test of a hydrogen bomb in response to new U.S. sanctions.

It does, however, raise many questions, including: How would the North undertake such a nuclear test, what risks might it pose to Japan and how would the US respond?

"Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind", Trump said. However, the underlying message it appears to be giving is one of disbelief that a US president is not backing down and is making such a forceful threat.

Just before 6:30 a.m. on Friday, Mr. Trump resorted to some name-calling of his own.

South Korea called Kim Jong Un's rebuke a "reckless provocation" that would deepen his country's worldwide isolation and lead to its demise. He says the US keeps pressing Russian Federation and China to do more to squeeze Pyongyang economically.

"I must assume his (Kim Jong Un's) claims are true - I know his aspirations certainly are", Admiral Harry Harris, the head of PACOM, said in a June speech. "This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean".

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North Korea has long said that its weapons tests are necessary because of USA hostility, which for Pyongyang includes the almost 80,000 US troops stationed in Japan and South Korea.

The mentally deranged behaviour of the USA president openly expressing on the United Nations arena the unethical will to "totally destroy" a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats and regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure.

The president's repeated attempts to challenge Kim, using language remarkably similar to that typically found in North Korean propaganda, seemed to reach a zenith Tuesday when he vowed from the United Nations dais to "totally destroy North Korea" if provoked. "We are talking about putting a live nuclear warhead on a missile that has been tested only a handful of times".

Analysts in Seoul also saw the statement as a warning that more tests, possibly of the country's developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles, should be expected.

Hours later, Kim branded Trump as "deranged". North Korea's dictator, taking his cue from America's president, has made it a decidedly personal matter.

Trump's 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 USA financial system.

Choe Ryong-hae, a vice chairman of the Workers' Party, read Kim's statement during the rally of the WPK Central Committee members held at the committee office in Pyongyang on Friday.

"To prevent sanctions evasion, the order also includes measures created to disrupt critical North Korean shipping and trade networks", he said.