President Trump made it very clear in his UN speech what would happen if North Korea dared threaten the US or its allies.
Rather than acknowledge the severity of the threat and back down, Kim Jong-un made threats of his own, according to the Mirror. Kim stated that Trump was “mentally deranged” and his words would be considered “a declaration of war.”
In addition to declaring the US’s intention to put its own interests first, criticizing the Iran deal, and bashing the Paris Climate Accord, Trump also gave a stern warning to North Korea, NBC reports.
Calling the North Korean dictator “Rocket man,” Trump said Kim was on a “suicide mission” if he attacked the US or its allies. “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
Kim responded with a stern speech of his own, saying the president should remember who he is threatening.
He started by criticizing the president for what Kim considered poor speaking skills and condemned him for being an outsider in politics. “His remarks remind me of such words as ‘political layman’ and ‘political heretic’ which were in vogue in reference to Trump during his presidential election campaign.”
Kim seemingly took offense to the threat, considering it a personal slight rejecting his power and position. “Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history that he would destroy the DPRK, we will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding highest level of hard line counter measure in history.”
An example of the “highest level of hardline counter measure” could be the hydrogen bomb North Korea has threatened to detonate in the Pacific, according to the Guardian. Such a launch has many concerned, as the nuclear-laden missile would likely be flown over Japan and could cause major problems if something goes wrong or if it is revealed to be an attack.
Kim continued in his speech saying that Trump’s words, rather than intimidating him, have inspired him to continue with his hostilities. “His remarks…. Have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last.”
He finished, issuing a chilling threat to President Trump: “As a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honor of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech.”
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the situation is growing dark. “Of course it’s very, very serious. The world faces a catastrophe that it hasn’t seen before, that is a rogue nation being able to use an ICBM equipped with a thermonuclear hydrogen warhead.”
Johnson stated the final hope to avoid military options is through economic warfare. “No one in their right minds wants to see the US driven to use its military options – I do not see any good military options – and that is why all the pressure has to be on the Chinese to tighten the sanctions on oil.”
The situation between the US and North Korea appears very grim. Kim doesn’t seem to realize or acknowledge that any nuclear attack he pursues would result in massive retaliation that would spell certain doom for him and his people, which means that there’s little chance to intimidate the rogue dictator.
The only option left, barring aggressive military operations, would be to cut off North Korea’s economic ties. Shutting off funding would cripple the North Korean economy and bring the hostile DPRK to its knees.
Hopefully, these efforts at economic warfare will prevent a much more terrifying conflict from breaking out.