North Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong Ho spoke at the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, criticizing the United States president and warning of missile strikes on the US mainland.
Mr Ri called US President Donald Trump “a mentally deranged person full of megalomania”, in response to the president’s earlier threats of destroying North Korea, echoing rhetoric expressed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s leader Kim Jung-Un who made a rare TV address on Friday.
Ri said Mr Trump held the “nuclear button”, explaining that the US is the reason why the DRPK needed nuclear weapons in the first place. The foreign minister said that North Korea is a “responsible nuclear weapons state” and will not utilize its weaponry unless it is attacked.
However, the FM said Trump had made “our rockets’ visit to the entire US mainland inevitable” by calling the North’s leader “rocket man” during his Sept 19 UN address following a tweet a few days earlier where he used the same moniker.
The isolated DPRK is “a few steps away” from “the final gate of completion” of its nuclear force, according to Ri. This comes after a sharp increase in missile and nuclear tests from the DPRK over the last year.
North Korea said on Friday it would soon test a hydrogen bomb.
The UN Security Council has placed unanimous sanctions after sanctions on the North Korean regime, but apparently to no avail. Even its closest ally and trading partner, China, has cut the majority of coal shipments and other trade.
Beijing’s central bank reportedly told Chinese banks not to interact with North Korean entities this past week.
“It is only a forlorn hope to consider any chance that (we) would be shaken or change our stance due to the harsher sanctions,” said Ri.
Ri also emphasized the DPR of Korea’s support for Cuba.
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