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US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says the goal of the latest sanctions against North Korea is to cut the continued ‘reckless behavior’ of its leader. Haley’s comments come after wrapping up a busy week at the UN. (Sept. 21)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called President Trump “a mentally deranged dotard” and threatened to “tame (Trump) with fire” for making comments to the United Nations about destroying the rogue nation.

“The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the UN arena the unethical will to ‘totally destroy’ a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure,” Kim said in a statement released Friday morning on North Korean media.

Kim said that Trump is “unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country.” He also described the president as “a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire.”

The ongoing war of words between the two leaders on opposite sides of the Pacific have been exacerbated in recent months amid growing tension over North Korea’s nuclear weapons build-up. 

Jong Un’s latest rhetoric follows Trump’s combative speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday where he mocked Kim as a “Rocket Man” on a “suicide mission,” and said that if “forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

He said Trump’s 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.”

Kim said he is “thinking hard” about his response and that Trump “will face results beyond his expectation.”

It is unusual for the North Korean leader to issue such a statement in his own name. It will further escalate the war of words between the adversaries as the North moves closer to perfecting a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike America.

In recent months, the North has launched a pair of intercontinental missiles believed capable of striking the continental United States and another pair that soared over Japanese territory. Earlier this month, North…