President Donald Trump continues to fan the flames of dissension with his war of words against Kim Jong-un referring to the North Korean leader in a recent verbal attack as “Little Rocket Man” and suggesting he should have been “handled” by his predecessor Barack Obama.
During an Alabama campaign rally for Senator Luther Strange on Friday, Trump ignited the crowd by hurling a barrage of insults at Pyongyang’s leader.
Speaking at the Wernher Von Braun Centre, Trump said, “I believe the best path to the most peaceful world are proud, independent sovereign nations that respect their people.”
In his well-known Trumpian style, the president said: “We can’t have mad men out there shooting rockets all over the place—and by the way; “Rocket Man” should’ve been handled a long time ago. This shouldn’t be handled now, but I’m going to handle it because we have to handle it.”
Resuming his persistent attack upon the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Trump said: “Little Rocket Man” we’re going to do it because we really have no choice. He’s talking about a massive weapon exploding over the ocean, which causes tremendous calamity.”
President Donald Trump MASSIVE Rally in Huntsville, Alabama 9/22/17 TRUMP LIVE SPEECH (Video Courtesy of the YouTube Channel)
Despite his threats from the U.S. and bully-style rant—Trump left a small opening for possible negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear weapons testing, adding “maybe something gets worked out and maybe it doesn’t.”
The tone speech of the Trump’s speech—peppered with contention and conciliation was evident when his stance on this line of diplomacy on negotiations with North Korea tethered upon the reaction of the crowd—the president quickly adding: “Personally, I’m not sure that it will.”
This latest attack on Kim Jong-Un comes on the heels of Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly where he used the “Rocket Man” slur once again to against the North Korean leader.
Addressing the gathering of world leaders, Trump said if the US was “forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
Kim Jong-un responded to Donald Trump in his first direct address to the world in an official statement released on Thursday. In a direct rebuke, the North Korean leader called Donald Trump “deranged” and said the U.S. President would “pay dearly” for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests.
Responding to Trump’s verbal attacks—Kim Jong-un said that Trump is “unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country.” He also described the President as a “Dotard” “a frightened dog,” “a rogue” and a “gangster fond of playing with fire” in the official statement.
“Far from making remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful to defusing tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors,” Kim said. “A frightened dog barks louder.”
Hours later, North Korea’s foreign minister reportedly said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean to fulfill Kim’s vow to take the “highest-level” action against the United States.
Written in the first person, the dispatch was notably unusual, albeit filtered through the North’s state media as part of North Korea’s propaganda efforts meant to glorify the North Korean leader.
South Korean media responded quickly adding—it was the first such direct address to the world by Kim Jong-un.
Some analysts took the North Korean leader’s response as a clear announcement that North Korea would ramp up its already brisk pace of weapons testing, which has included missiles meant to target U.S. forces throughout Asia and the U.S. mainland.
“I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea DPRK,” according to Kim Jong-un in his statement carried by North’s official Korean Central News Agency on Friday morning.
LeNora Millen 09-23-17