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'Dotard' or 'old lunatic'? North Korea chooses its words carefully

'Dotard' or 'old lunatic'? North Korea chooses its words carefully

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lobbed a string of insults at President Donald Trump on Friday, calling him a "mentally deranged USA dotard" and hinting at a frightening new weapon test.

CHANG: Kim lectured the US president, calling his behavior mentally deranged.

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, warned that Kim could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale over the Pacific. "If (Trump) meant to scare us with the sound of a dog barking then he is clearly dreaming", said Ri at the United Nations Headquarters in NY.

In a statement released by the North Korea state news agency KCNA, Kim Jong Un called President Trump "deranged" and said he was "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country". Kim described Trump as "a madman" and "a frightened dog" and "a mentally deranged U.S".

The United Nations and the rules-based worldwide order are being increasingly challenged by a series of global threats, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned in an address to the UN General Assembly.

United States President Donald Trump continued with his aggressive approach to North Korea by further increasing sanctions on the nation on Thursday, days after threatening to "totally destroy" the nation if the USA had to defend itself or its allies. North Korea later fired a ballistic missile over Japan and the USA military flew powerful bombers and stealth fighter jets over the Korean Peninsula and near Japan in a show of force against the North. "We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the USA homeland and our allies", White said.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday paved the way for sanctions against foreign companies doing business with North Korea, a dramatic ratcheting up of pressure on the regime.

It is unusual for the North Korean leader to issue such a statement in his own name.

"To have such a senior official who has close ties to the leadership in proximity, it does represent an opportunity if anyone wants to take that opportunity", said Joel S. Wit, a North Korea expert and former State Department official who met Ri when before he became foreign minister.

It also bans all textile exports and prohibits any country from authorising new work permits for North Korean workers - two key sources of hard currency for the northeast Asian nation.

The head of the nuclear test monitoring agency CTBTO said on Saturday that analysts were "looking at unusual seismic activity of a much smaller magnitude" than the Sept 3 test in North Korea.

"I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the D.P.R.K.", Kim said referring to the county's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

No high-level bilateral talks between North Korea and the United States have been announced. In fact, North Korea actually withdrew from an worldwide nonproliferation agreement back in 2003.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said to the UN Security Council: "North Korea may assume that nuclear weapons may ensure the survival of its regime".

North Korea's nuclear tests to date have all been underground, and experts say an atmospheric test, which would be the first since one by China in 1980, would be proof of the success of its weapons program.

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