Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, North Korea’s foreign minister called President Donald Trump “a mentally deranged person full of megalomania” and promised that a strike on the American mainland was “inevitable.”
Warning that President’s Trump’s insults make “our rocket’s visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more,” North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said that recent economic sanctions placed on his country by the UN and the United States will do very little to deter his country’s plans to develop a nuclear force capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.
The address by Ri came after the Pentagon announced that it had flown bombers and fighter escorts to the farthest point north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone by any such American aircraft this century.
“This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat,” according to a statement made by Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White. “North Korea’s weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international community. We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the U.S. homeland and our allies.”
The Pentagon said B-1B bombers from Guam, along with F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday in a “show of force” mission.
“While conducted unilaterally, this mission was coordinated with regional allies – namely the Republic of Korea and Japan – and was a strong testament to our ironclad alliance,” U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Cmdr. Dave Benham told Fox News, using the official name for South Korea.
On Friday Trump tweeted out, “Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!”
Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017
On Thursday, Trump announced more economic sanctions targeting foreign companies that deal with the North.
“North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile development is a grave threat to peace and security in our world and it is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal, rogue regime,” Trump said as he joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a meeting in New York.
Hours later, Kim responded by saying Trump was “deranged.”
In a speech last week at the United Nations, Trump had issued a warning of potential obliteration and mocked the North’s young dictator by calling him a “Rocket Man” on a “suicide mission.”
But on Saturday, Ri proclaimed that “none other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission” and vowed that the president’s insults make “our rocket’s visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more.”
North Korea’s top diplomat gave a blistering depiction of the Trump administration, saying the president had “turned the White House into a noisy marketing place full of crackling sounds of abacus beads and now he has tried to turn the U.N. arena into a gangsters’ nest where money is respected and bloodshed is the order of the day.”
North Korea has vowed to build a missile capable of striking all parts of the United States with a nuclear bomb. Trump has said he won’t allow it, but so far, the U.S. has not resorted to using military force to impede the North’s progress.
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