North Korea Addresses United
Nations Responds to US President Trump's Speech
Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho is addressing the
United Nations General Assembly in New York
Saturday, after a week of fiery barbs traded between
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
has stoked tensions over North Korea's nuclear
before Ri was set to speak, U.S. Air Force bombers
flew in international airspace east of North Korea.
The Pentagon said it's the furthest north any U.S.
fighters have flown in the 21st Century.
speech comes after Ri threatened to test a hydrogen
bomb over the Pacific, and Mr. Trump issued an
targeting countries that trade with North Korea.
At a Friday night rally for Republican U.S. Senate
contender Luther Strange in Alabama, Mr. Trump
"little rocket man" --
his new favorite term for Kim -- and emphasized that
North Korea would be dealt with. Earlier in the day,
the president tweeted that he Kim is a "madman" who
will be "tested like never before." In Mr. Trump's
speech to the U.N. this week, the president said he
would "totally destroy" North Korea if the U.S. is
"forced to defend itself" or any allies.
Kim, in a
rare statement earlier this week, called the
president "mentally deranged" and a "dotard,"
pledging to strike as needed.
Trump might have expected, he will face results
beyond his expectation," Kim said in the statement.
"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally
deranged U.S. dotard with fire."
below for live updates from the North Korean foreign
2:46 p.m. Ri ends his speech, to
applause from the North Korean delegation
of members of the North Korea delegation offered
their applause as Ri walked off stage, uneventfully.
2:44 p.m.: It's foolish to think
"barbaric" sanctions will deter North Korea, Ri
the U.N. and U.S. have imposed tougher sanctions on
North Korea and its trading partners, Ri said that
won't matter. North Korea is close to completing its
nuclear weapons program, he said.
2:41 p.m.: Ri says North Korea
doesn't intend to threaten countries that don't join
countries that don't join the U.S. in its nuclear
attempts have no reason to worry.
2:40 p.m.: Ri says North Korea is
a "responsible" weapons state
North Korea isn't eager to use its nuclear weapons
capabilities, comparing the current situation to the
"weapons of mass destruction" claims former
President George W. Bush made to justify engaging in
the Middle East.
2:34 p.m.: Ri says U.S. should
"think twice" before threatening DPRK
"hopefully" nuclear power won't be necessary, and
that's not their "first option." But Ri said U.S.
and its allies should "think twice" before
threatening North Korea.
2:33 p.m.: Ri says DPRK has
entered a phase of completing its nuclear force
North Korea has nearly completed its nuclear weapons
goals, including a hydrogen bomb. Ri said the
weapons are intended to be a "war deterrent"
2:31 p.m.: Ri says the U.S. is
the real threat
reason the DPRK had to possess nuclear weapons is
because of the U.S.," Ri said.
2:27 p.m.: Ri: "None other than
Trump is on a suicide mission"
Trump will pay "dearly" for his speech.
might not be aware what is uttered from his mouth,"
Ri said, adding North Korea will be "sure" he pays.
2:25 p.m.: Ri says Trump
"tainted" U.N. with his comments
Ri said he
feels compelled to respond to comments from Mr.
Trump, saying he poses a threat to international
"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," Ri said.
Trump is, "mentally deranged and full of
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