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Trump tweets threats against N Korea after its Foreign Minister's UN speech

Pyongyang is racing towards its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the US

Press Trust of India  |  New York 

President Donald Trump. Photo: PTI
File photo of Donald Trump. Photo: PTI

US President Donald Trump has warned North Korea, saying if the country's foreign minister was echoing thoughts of his supreme leader Kim Jong-Un in his threatening speech at the UN, "they won't be around much longer."

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho yesterday attacked Trump at the UN General Assembly, deriding him as a "mentally deranged" leader whose threats had increased the chances of military confrontation.

Trump tweeted:

In his speech, Ri had said that the US and its allies should "think twice" before threatening his country.

He said that by repeatedly calling Kim "Rocket Man," Trump is making "our rocket's visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more."

The foreign minister also said Trump is a "gambler who grew old using threats, frauds and all other schemes to acquire a patch of land."

Ri jumped into the nickname game as well, saying Americans call Trump the "Commander in Grief," "Lyin' King," and "President Evil."

Trump and Kim have traded increasingly threatening and personal insults as races towards its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the US.

Tensions have dramatically risen on the Korean peninsula after North Korea early this month conducted its biggest nuclear test, which its state-run KCNA news agency described as a hydrogen bomb.

First Published: Sun, September 24 2017. 13:59 IST