North Korea warns Japan's Abe may soon see real ballistic missile launch
North Korea's state media on Saturday lashed out at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as an "imbecile and political dwarf" for calling Pyongyang's latest test of a large multiple-rocket launcher a ballistic missile launch and warned he may see a real one in the near future. © Reuters/KCNA North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Changrindo defensive position on the west front North Korea fired two short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Thursday in a fourth test of its new "super-large multiple-rocker launcher," with its North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressing "great satisfaction" over the latest tes
The president had harsh words for leaders of North Korea, Iran, Syria Venezuela in the first speech to the United Nations General Assembly of his presidency.
Trump ' s attacks draw stern stares in the UN General Assembly. During the election campaign, Mr Trump make powerful use of nicknames of his In the past two weeks, Mr Trump has posted several posts about “ Rocket Man ”, most recently just two weeks ago in the aftermath of new UN sanctions
The head of North Korea's armed forces cautioned the United States against threatening the Kim Jong Un regime with military action in a statement Wednesday, the latest in afrom Pyongyang about the future of its relationship with Washington.
Pak Jong Chon, the chief of staff of the Korean People's Army, said that Kim was "displeased" by what he called "undesirable remarks" about North Korea made by US President Donald Trump on Tuesday in London, where he was attending NATO meetings.
N. Korea blasts Japan's Abe, warns of 'real ballistic missile'
North Korea on Saturday warned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he could soon see a "real ballistic missile" while excoriating him as the "most stupid man ever known in history". The colourful condemnation comes two days after the isolated state tested what it called a "super-large multiple launch rocket system", with South Korea reporting that two projectiles came down in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.
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Pak's comments come amid a ratcheting up in rhetoric from the North Koreans ahead of the country's self-imposed end-of-year deadline for negotiations with the US.
A foreign ministry official said earlier this week that Pyongyang was preparing afor Washington, but warned that the present the Trump administration will receive depends on events in the coming days.
When Trump was asked about North Korea's recent uptick in missile tests and the status of nuclear talks Tuesday, he referred to Kim as "Rocket Man" -- a nickname the President coined during the standoff between Pyongyang and Washington in 2017 -- and hinted that his administration reserved the right to use force.
"We have the most powerful military we've ever had and we're by far the most powerful country in the world. And, hopefully, we don't have to use it, but if we do, we'll use it. If we have to, we'll do it," Trump said.
North Korea's U.N. envoy says denuclearization off negotiating table with United States
North Korea's U.N. envoy says denuclearization off negotiating table with United StatesAmbassador Kim Song's comment appeared to go further than North Korea's earlier warning that discussions related to its nuclear weapons program, the central focus of U.S. engagement with North Korea in the past two years, might have to be taken off the table given Washington's refusal to offer concessions.
North Korea Supreme Leader playing " Rocket Man " at party congress, featuring Donald trump .
Unsurprisingly, Trump ’ s reference to Kim Jong - un as ‘ Rocket Man ’ has whipped up a frenzy of memes and reactions online. Some suggested the president was taking inspiration from Elton John, who wrote the 1972 classic hit. Trump has used Twitter as his weapon of choice on many occasions
Those comments appear to have rubbed Kim and the top North Korean leadership the wrong way.
High-ranking North Korean army officials like Pak do not often issue public statements, and when they do they're usually focused on tensions between North and South Korea, according to Michael Madden, an expert in North Korean leadership at the Stimson Foundation.
Pak was recently photographed alongside Kim on horseback touring Mount Paektu, an important site in North Korean lore, often used for propaganda purposes. That means it's likely his statement Wednesday carries added weight.
Pak said that while he recognized Trump attached preconditions when discussing the use of military force against North Korea, the President's comments still "greatly disappointed" him.
Trump says he still gets along with Kim Jong Un, despite North Korea's criticism
Trump's statement comes after North Korea signaled it would no longer consider denuclearization and after officials lobbed insults at the president."I have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un," Trump told reporters at the White House as he left for Hollywood, Florida, and a conference sponsored by the Israeli-American Council.
Donald Trump has repeatedly called Kim Jong Un "Little Rocket Man " since first threatening nuclear war with the North Korean dictator last year. Not long after that, at a September speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Trump taunted Kim as a “ rocket man ” on a “suicide mission
Wait, Trump really is going to give Kim Jong - un a CD of Elton John' s ' Rocket Man '. The CD, though? That seems like a bit much, even from a president who has no trouble antagonizing just about everyone. " Rocket Man ," in case you forgot in the fog of news, has been Trump ' s go-to insult for
"Such elated spirit and bluffing may greatly get on the nerve of the dialogue partner even at the slightest slip," he said. "The use of armed forces against the DPRK will be a horrible thing for the US."
Cracks in the friendship?
John Delury, a professor at Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Relations, said the fact that Pak brought up Trump's comments was particularly concerning, and believes that Pak's statement was likely a response to Trump bringing back the rhetoric that was common in 2017.
"It's just short of Kim Jong Un himself saying it ... but it's getting very close to the point where Kim Jong Un says kind of directly to Trump that I've lost faith in you," Delury said.
Diplomats from Pyongyang and Washington have been attempting to negotiate a trade that would see Kim give up the country's nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles used to deliver them in exchange for relief from punishing US and United Nations sanctions that have crippled the North Korean economy.
Though North Korea first detonated a nuclear device in 2006, Pyongyang successfully test-fired missiles that could potentially hit the US mainland with a nuclear warhead for the first time in 2017 -- upping the stakes significantly and increasing the urgency to reach a peaceful solution to a decades-long struggle.
Trump says North Korea must denuclearize, after North claims 'very important' test
Trump says North Korea must denuclearize, after North claims 'very important' test"Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore," Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.
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North Korea has this year continually blamed the US for the lack of progress in nuclear negotiations, singling out Secretary of Stateand former National Security adviser John Bolton for censure. However, Pyongyang has made a notable effort not to criticize Trump and has emphasized the importance of the two leaders' relationship.
Pak again did so Wednesday in his statement, saying he thinks "the only guarantee that deters physical conflict from flaring up in relations between the DPRK (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's formal name) and the US despite such a dangerous military stand-off is the close relations between the top leaders."
North Koreans are particularly sensitive to any perceived insults directed at the ruling Kim family. After former Vice President Joe Biden called Kim a dictator last month during a campaign rally, North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency published a commentary calling him a "rabid dog" that "must be beaten to death with a stick, before it is too late."
Even if Trump was joking when he brought back a favorite nickname he used before his budding friendship with Kim, the President may have been playing with fire.
Trump Officials Block U.N. Meeting on Human Rights Abuses in North Korea .
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has refused to support a move by members of the United Nations Security Council to hold a discussion Tuesday on North Korea’s rampant human rights abuses, effectively blocking the meeting for the second year in a row. The American action appeared aimed at muting international criticism of Pyongyang’s human rights record in the hope of preserving a tenuous diplomatic opening between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the authoritarian leader of North Korea. Tensions between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim have broken out into the open in recent days.