In an intensification of the hostile rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang over the latter’s ballistic missile program, North Korea’s U.N. spokesman announced this weekend that launching a nuclear strike on the United States was “inevitable”.
Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho took to the podium to tell the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York that President Trump’s “reckless and violent” comments, in which he last week referred to leader Kim Jong-un as “rocket man”, had made missile attacks on the entire U.S. mainland unavoidable. He claimed that Trump will pay dearly for his U.N. speech in which he accused Mr. Kim of being on a suicide mission and threatened the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with “total destruction”.
Mr. Ri said that the recent sanctions placed on the pariah state’s international trade will not affect its ability to manufacture a nuclear bomb capable of reaching the United States. “As a result of such a prolonged and arduous struggle,” he said, “now we are finally only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the state nuclear force.”
He stressed that North Korea has the knowledge to carry out its threat of a nuclear strike, claiming that the hermit kingdom now possesses a hydrogen bomb that can be fitted to an intercontinental ballistic missile. He also said that Pyongyang was preparing to test its new hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.
North Korean Minister for Foreign Affairs Ri Yong-ho responds to President Trump at the United Nations General Assembly with threats of a nuclear strike. Video Source: Global News Canada
Ri Yong-ho is an elite senior member of the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) Political Bureau and Central Committee and has been a key diplomatic relations spokesman with the U.S., U.N. and South Korea for nearly two decades. He gave a similarly defiant speech at the United Nations General Assembly this time last year, defending the North’s nuclear program in response to “constant nuclear threats of the U.S.”. He regularly speaks on behalf of “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-un, who has not left North Korea since he assumed power in 2011.
The war of words between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim has become increasingly personal over recent months, with Trump again referring to the North Korean leader as “little rocketman” at a rally in Alabama on Friday evening. In his U.N. speech Tuesday he said he would have no choice but to totally destroy the DPRK if it attacked the United States or any of her allies.
Kim Jong-un responded by describing President Trump as a “frightened dog” and a “deranged U.S. dotard”. Foreign Minister Ri fired off similar insults at the General Assembly, calling the president a “mentally deranged person full of megalomania and complacence”, “Commander in Grief”, “the Lying King” and “President Evil”.
President Trump reacted in kind on Twitter.
Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Mr. Ri’s U.N. speech came just hours after the Pentagon announced that U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers had flown east of North Korea in a show of military force. The bombers took off from the U.S. airbase in Guam, which Pyongyang threatened with a nuclear strike earlier this month, and were escorted by F-15C fighter jets from Okinawa, Japan.
South Korea’s presidential office said that Seoul and Washington had closely coordinated over the military display, describing it as an effective countermeasure against Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. It was the farthest north of the Korean military demarcation line that United States aircraft have flown so far this century.
Translation of “His Excellency” Mr. Ri Yong-ho’s comments on President Trump:
“Before going into the main points in my debate, I feel forced to make comments on the speech uttered four days ago by someone called the US president that rendered this sacred UN arena tainted. Since Trump uttered such reckless and violent words provoking the supreme dignity of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at this very platform, I think it is fair enough for me to make a response in the corresponding tone.
During his eight months in power, he has turned the White House into a noisy marketing place full of crackling sounds of [?], and now he has tried to turn the UN area into a gangster’s nest where money is respected and bloodshed is the order of the day.
The absurd reality that a person like Trump — a mentally deranged person, full of megalomania and complacence, the person who is chastised even by American people as Commander in Grief, Lying King, President Evil — is holding the seat of the US president, and the dangerous reality of the gambler who grew old using threats, frauds and all other schemes to acquire a patch of land holds the nuclear button. These are what constitute the gravest threat to international peace and security today.
Due to his lacking of basic common knowledge and proper sentiment, he tried to insult the supreme dignity of my country by referring to it as a rocket. By doing so however, he committed an irreversible mistake of making our rockets visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more.
None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission. In case innocent lives of the US are harmed because of this suicide attack, Trump will be held totally responsible. The respected Supreme Leader of the DPRK Comrade Kim Jong-un stated as a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honor of my state, and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK.
Trump might not have been aware what is uttered from his mouth, but we will make sure that he bares consequences far beyond his words, far beyond the scope of what he can handle even if he is ready to do so.”