Two U.S. officials told the Times that Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea, as well as his line mocking Kim as “Rocket Man” were not in a draft that officials reviewed the day before the speech.
The North Korean nuclear crisis has dominated this year’s gathering of world leaders at the United Nations amid fears that the heated rhetoric could accidentally trigger a war. “We continue to strive for the reasonable and not the emotional approach.of the kindergarten fight between children”.
If Washington dumps an Iran deal which is already delivering on its aims, it would not just be an embarrassment for the US and “belie the U.S.’s self-touted commitment to a rule-based worldwide order”, it will also send a signal that even if Pyongyang was willing to come to the discussion table, “the USA could not be trusted to honor any deal that was reached”, the state-owned newspaper said in its commentary.
“There is a saying that goes: “Even when dogs bark, the parade goes on”, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho Ri told reporters in NY.
“A frightened dog barks louder”, Kim added.
“This mission is a demonstration of United States resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat”, said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White.
The country also tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July that appeared to bring much of the United States mainland into range.
A senior USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the United States is taking Kim’s threat seriously.
The president also said that the USA and South Korea were working on improving trade agreements though that was less important than addressing the North Korea threat. Trump’s order also bans any aircraft or ship that has traveled to North Korea from landing in the United States.
North Korea’s testing of nuclear weapons and its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) systems has raised concern in the region over the past several months, and the USA and its allies have retaliated in tangible terms with increasingly strict sanctions.
“Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea’s efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind”. According to statistical surveys, previously 85% of South Koreans trusted the USA president but that has plummeted to 17%. Lavrov suggested that a neutral European country could mediate.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Thursday said the goal of sanctions was to limit the North’s provocative behavior and not necessarily to change the DPRK’s course on denuclearization.
U.S. Treasury and gold prices rose while the Japanese yen strengthened on Friday as the exchange of barbs fueled geopolitical jitters and drove investors into assets considered safer during times of turmoil.
Trump dubbed the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un “Rocket man” and said he was on a “suicide mission”.
Kim described Mr Trump’s speech as “the most ferocious declaration of a war in history” and promised to deliver the “highest level of hard-line countermeasures in history”.
He said the situation was being further aggravated by “the swapping of silly statements full of threats”.
So, what effect can sanctions have on the North Korean economy?
In a statement released by the North Korea state news agency KCNA, Kim Jong Un called President Trump “deranged” and said he was “unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country”. It did not name specific weapons systems.
South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that North Korea’s response to new sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump “may” include a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean.
Ri’s speech capped a week of rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, with Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un trading insults.
Trump also said that Chinese President Xi Jinping had ordered Chinese banks to cease conducting business with North Korean entities, praising the move as “very bold” and “somewhat unexpected”.
The rhetoric has started to rattle some in other countries. South Korea’s government said it was the first direct address to the world by any North Korean leader.
“North Korea’s weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire global community”.