'Madman' Kim calls Trump 'dotard' as Pyongyang hints at H-bomb

In what is believed to be a first for a North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un on September 22 directly issued a statement to the global community, saying that U.S. President Donald Trump will "pay dearly" for his threats to destroy North Korea.

North Korea's foreign minister assailed US President Donald Trump at the United Nations on Saturday, deriding him as a "mentally deranged" leader whose threats had increased the chances of military confrontation.

Now that Trump had issued "the most ferocious declaration of war in history" and insulted North Korea and its leader, Kim said the country would "consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

Ri told reporters in NY that a response "could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific,"South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported".

Yonhap news agency reported that Ri told reporters that a response "could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific".

President Trump urged the global community to take a tougher stance against Pyongyang and issued a stern warning that the United States would retaliate and "totally destroy" North Korea if it were to launch an attack on America or its allies.

The US president, who has not shrunk from fighting fire with fire in his rhetoric on North Korea, sent another message Friday on Twitter.

Kim confirmed his nuclear program was on the "correct path" this week.

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In what is being called an "extraordinary rebuke", Mr. Kim called Mr. Trump the "mentally deranged USA dotard" in retaliation to the UNGA speech.

CNN notes that Kim's remarks, which were delivered in response to Trump's United Nations address, were made in Korean and "dotard" was used in the Korean Central News Agency's English translation.

Trump, in contrast with previous United States leaders, also directed some personal jabs at Kim, calling him a "rocket man" on a "suicide mission for himself".

North Korea will "mercilessly smash the slightest provocation of the enemy to do harm to the supreme dignity of the DPRK the moment it is detected", Ri threatened.

But he said there were questions about North Korea's technical capabilities and Washington did not give "too much credence" to Pyongyang taking such action. "You are not allowed to insult our leader like that".

He further said, "It is time for North Korea to realise that de-nuclearisation is its only acceptable future".

"A frightened dog barks louder", Kim said.

Although it is far from clear what the North will do, Chung said it was possible the North could try to test an H- bomb over the northern Pacific. "Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind".

  • Adam Floyd