US President Donald Trump mocked North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un as “Rocket Man”.
White House advisers have been publicly stating that North Korea would face destruction if it doesn’t step way from its current weapons programs and bellicose threats.
While international pressure mounts Kim Jong-Un has pledged to continue the North’s programs, saying his country is nearing its goal of “equilibrium” in military force with the United States.
The annual meeting of the UN General Assembly is going to be held next week and North Korea will undoubtedly high on the agenda on a stage which is Trump’s biggest moment at a global level since his inauguration in January. Trump is scheduled to address the world body, which he has criticized as weak and incompetent, on Tuesday.
Trump, who spent the weekend at his New Jersey golf club, tweeted that he and South Korean President Moon Jae-in discussed North Korea during their latest telephone conversation Saturday.
Asked about Trump’s description of Kim, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said “Rocket Man” was “a new one and I think maybe for the president.” But, he said, “that’s where the rockets are coming from. Rockets, though, we ought to probably not laugh too much about because they do represent a great threat to all.”
Kim has threatened Guam, a US territory in the Pacific, and has fired missiles over Japan, a US ally. North Korea also recently tested its most powerful bomb.
The UN Security Council has voted unanimously twice in recent weeks to tighten economic sanctions on North Korea, including targeting shipments of oil and other fuel used in missile testing. Trump’s UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, said North Korea was starting to “feel the pinch.”
Trump, in a tweet, asserted that long lines for gas were forming in North Korea, and he said that was “too bad.”
Trump has threatened to rain “fire and fury” on North Korea if the North continued with its threats.