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Mr Evil President vs. Rocket man - War of words intensifies

Threatening to turn into an actual war

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - As the war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un intensifies, threatening to turn into an actual war - the region is bracing for more tensions.

Over the weekend, Trump dialled up the rhetoric against North Korea again, warning the country’s foreign minister that he and leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer.”

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said that targeting the U.S. mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr Evil President” Trump called Pyongyang’s leader a “rocket man” on a suicide mission.

Later in the day, Trump said on Twitter, “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!” 

Trump and Jong Un have traded increasingly threatening and personal insults as Pyongyang continues developing and testing its nuclear missiles - even ones that it claims can reach the U.S.

According to analysts, the escalation in rhetoric is increasing the risk of a miscalculation by one side or the other that could have massive repercussions.

On Sunday morning, Pyongyang staged a major anti-U.S. rally, with the country’s state-run television KRT airing a video showing tens of thousands of people attending a rally at Kim Il Sung square in the capital.

KCNA news agency said more than 100,000 people gathered for the rally on Saturday and delivered speeches supporting comments made by Kim Jong Un earlier in the week.

KCNA quoted Ri Il-bae, a commanding officer of the Red Guards, as saying, “We are waiting for the right time to have a final battle with the U.S., the evil empire, and to remove the U.S. from the world. Once respected Supreme commander Kim Jong Un gives an order, we will annihilate the group of aggressors.”

On Friday, in an unprecedented direct statement, Kim Jong Un described Trump as a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” whom he would tame with fire.

The dictator added that the North would consider the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” against the United States and that Trump’s comments had confirmed his nuclear programme was “the correct path.”

The statement came a day after Trump threatened in his maiden UN address to “totally destroy” the country of 26 million people.

The threat came days after North Korea tested its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb till day, triggering another round of UN sanctions.

On Friday, Pyongyang said it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

Ri told the UNGA on Saturday, “It is only a forlorn hope to consider any chance that the DPRK (North Korea) would be shaken an inch or change its stance due to the harsher sanctions by the hostile forces.”

The same day, the Pentagon said that the U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighters flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea in a show of force, indicating the range of military options available to Trump.

The Pentagon added that the U.S. bombers’ flight was the farthest north of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea that any U.S. fighter jet or bomber had flown in the 21st century.

 

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