The tensions between North Korea and the US have continued to escalate with both sides now taking a break from threatening nuclear war to indulge in childish name calling.
Ri Yong-ho, the North Korean foreign minister, branded President Donald Trump ‘President Evil’, ‘Commander-in-Grief’ and the ‘Lyin’ King’ during his speech to the UN in New York yesterday.
The insults seem to be in response to Trump labelling Kim Jong-Un ‘Rocket Man’ an insult that struck a nerve with many North Koreans who revere the Kim family as gods on Earth.
Ri also claimed that Trump’s insolent attitude to the people and power of North Korea had made a missile attack on the US mainland inevitable.
According to the UN News Centre he told delegates:
Due to his lacking of basic common knowledge and proper sentiment, he tried to insult the supreme dignity of my country by referring it to a rocket.
By doing so, however, he committed an irreversible mistake of making our rockets’ visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more.
The minister went on to label Trump a gambler who had schemed and defrauded people to acquire a patch of land.
He added that the president has turned the White House into a noisy marketing place and the UN into a gangster nest.
Only hours before Ri spoke the US Air Force flew war planes the closest they have been to the pariah state this century in a demonstration of force by the Pentagon.
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Trump and Kim Jong-Un have spent the week trading playground insults with the US president labelling the dictator a ‘madman” on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a ‘mentally deranged’.
Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month and the secretive state has launched dozens of missiles into the Pacific in an attempt to hit the US mainland.