North Korea’s foreign minister issued a warning to the United States in a speech at the U.N. General Assembly, claiming that President Donald Trump’s personal attacks against Kim Jong Un – in particular, the “Rocket Man” label – have made an attack on the U.S. “inevitable.”
“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,’” Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho complained. “By doing so, however, he committed an irreversible mistake of making our rockets’ visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more.”
Trump lampooned Kim during his speech to the U.N. this week, in which he also promised to “totally destroy” North Korea should it launch an attack on the U.S. or any of its allies. He also said that the North Korean leader was on a “suicide mission” because of his constant calls for war.
The foreign minister tried to turn the tables by claiming that it was Trump, not Kim, who was headed for destruction.
“None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission,” Ri said. “In case innocent lives of the U.S. are harmed because of this suicide attack, Trump will be held totally responsible.”
“Trump might not have been aware what is uttered from his mouth,” he continued, “but we will make sure that he bears consequences far beyond his words, far beyond the scope of what he can handle even if he’s ready to do so.”
Ri went on to claim that the only reason North Korea has been developing intercontinental nuclear missile technology was to defend itself from Trump.
“The very reason the DPRK has to possess nuclear weapons is because of the U.S.,” he contended.
On Saturday afternoon, a 3.5-magnitude earthquake was detected in northern North Korea near the nation’s nuclear test site, but experts were unsure whether it was caused by a new round of testing or if it is a result of tests carried out nearly a month ago.