Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

'Madman' Kim Jong-Un Doesn't Mind Starving or Killing His People

'Madman' Kim Jong-Un Doesn't Mind Starving or Killing His People

Kim on Friday threatened the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" in a tirade against Trump's warning that Washington would "totally destroy" the North if the USA or its allies were threatened.

Describing Trump as a "mentally deranged person full of megalomania", Ri said the United States leader who "holds the nuclear button" posed "the gravest threat to worldwide peace and security today".

Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said the row was "like when children in a kindergarten start fighting and no-one can stop them".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed hope in an interview with ABC that sanctions and "voices from every corner of the world" could lead North Korea back to talks, but admitted intensifying rhetoric had left Washington 'quite challenged'.

On the fringes of the world meeting, North Korean Foreign Minister RI Yong-ho told reporters Pyongyang might now consider detonating a hydrogen bomb outside its territory, AFP reported.

"This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat", said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White.

Trump and Kim have attacked each other and exchanged provocative threats amid growing tension over North Korea's nuclear programme.

He added, "This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean".

Saturday's seismic activity came on the same day China announced it would limit trade with the North, reducing its fuel exports to its neighbor and banning all textile imports.

The extremely unsafe move could have catastrophic consequences for the region and has already prompted the North's enemies to prepare for imminent war with the secretive state. Lavrov suggested that a neutral European country could mediate. North Korean state TV later showed a solemn-looking Kim, dressed in a gray Mao-style suit, reading the statement.

As we learn time and time again, it never seems to end well when Trump strays from his prepared remarks and treats the crowd to a little improv.

The warning comes after President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations General Assembly. "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself".

North Korean President Kim Jong Un, in a rare first-person statement, threatened Trump personally after his United Nations speech and called him a "dog" and a "gangster".

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have risen in recent weeks. The North conducted a nuclear test in early September that was condemned worldwide.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) and US President Donald Trump (R).

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