by Morley Evans
the whole truth
and nothing but
|North Korea Ri Young Ho Minister For Foreign Affairs|
NORTH KOREAN FOREIGN MINISTER RI YONG HO is addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York Saturday, after a week of fiery barbs traded between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has stoked tensions over North Korea's nuclear program.
Moments before Ri was set to speak, U.S. Air Force bombers flew in international airspace east of North Korea. The Pentagon said it's the furthest north any U.S. fighters have flown in the 21st Century.
The speech comes after Ri threatened to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, and Mr Trump issued an executive order targeting countries that trade with North Korea. At a Friday night rally for Republican U.S. Senate contender Luther Strange in Alabama, Mr Trump derided "little rocket man" — his new favourite term for Kim — and emphasized that North Korea would be dealt with. Earlier in the day, the president tweeted that he, Kim, is a "madman" who will be "tested like never before." In Mr Trump's speech to the U.N. this week, the president said he would "totally destroy" North Korea if the U.S. is "forced to defend itself" or any allies.
Kim, in a rare statement earlier this week, called the president "mentally deranged" and a "dotard," pledging to strike as needed.
"Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation," Kim said in the statement. "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire."