N.Korean FM Says Trump Makes Rocket Attack on U.S. 'Inevitable'

  • By Kim Deok-han

    September 25, 2017 11:49

    North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Saturday said U.S. President Donald Trump is making a rocket attack on the U.S. mainland "inevitable" amid an escalating war of words between the two countries.

    Ri was speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York. "The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a responsible nuclear weapons state," Ri said, using the official name of North Korea. "We will take preventative measures by merciless preemptive action in case the U.S. and its vassal forces show any sign of conducting a kind of 'decapitating' operation on our headquarters or military attack against our country."

    Ri lambasted Trump saying, "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 rocket's visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more."

    "None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission," he added.

    North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho addresses the UN General Assembly in New York on Saturday. /EPA-Yonhap

    The garbled rhetoric appears to have been prompted by Trump referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in a barely more literate speech at the UN last week, as "rocket man."

    Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if the U.S. is "forced to defend itself or its allies."

    Ri said the North Korea's nuclear weapons are a preventive measure against a U.S. invasion and added its ultimate goal is to achieve a "balance of power" with the U.S.

    Radio Free Asia reported that Ri nonetheless used the occasion to meet with officials from the UN Development Programme and UNICEF and seek handouts.

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