Pyongyang: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said on Friday that Trump is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, describing the president as a ‘rogue’ and a ‘gangster fond of playing with fire’.
Calling US President Donald Trump “mentally deranged”, Kim said, “Trump will pay dearly for the recent threats against North”.
Hours later, North Korea’s foreign minister reportedly said his country may be planning to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean to fulfill Kim’s vow to take the highest-level action against the United States.
Trump warned Pyongyang that Washington would “totally destroy” North Korea if the US or its allies were attacked. He also mocked Kim as “rocket man” and said he was on a “suicide mission”.
The country’s stated aim is to be able to target the US mainland and it has shown off advances in its nuclear weapons programme in recent weeks, with the September test of what it said was a miniaturised hydrogen bomb capable of being loaded onto a rocket.
Kim said “Trump’s remarks have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last”.
“I am thinking hard about his response and he (Trump) will face results beyond his expectation,” Kim added.
“Now that Trump has … insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world, we will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history,” Kim said.
“Pyongyang’s response could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific,” said North’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho.