The war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un continued on Friday as the two notoriously thin-skinned rulers continued to lob insults and threaten military action.
Trump called Kim a “madman” and said he would be “tested like never before" a day after Kim released a statement criticizing Trump's speech before the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week and threats by the country's foreign minister that it would detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific.
Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017
The threats came a day after the U.S. imposed new sanctions on North Korea, prompting Kim to release the rare and explosive statement saying Trump would “pay dearly” for his U.N. speech. Kim called out Trump’s comments as “unprecedented rude nonsense.”
Before the U.N. Trump mocked Kim’s obsession with building up North Korea’s missile program, referring to him as Rocket man, a nickname that was also applied to his father. Trump also threated to “totally destroy” North Korea, should it make good on threats to attack the U.S. or its allies.
Kim said Trump’s behavior was “mentally deranged” and that he is “unfit” to be president.
“Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wanted to say,” Kim said in a statement on Thursday, according to a translation.
“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” Kim continued.
Kim Jong Un fires back at Trump: "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire." (via KCNA) pic.twitter.com/wZVdg5Q5Iq— Jon Passantino (@passantino) September 21, 2017
Kim was making a dig at Trump’s age — “dotard” refers to a person in "a state or period of senile decay marked by a decline of mental poise and alertness."
Trump is 71.
Shortly after the statement went public, the North Korean foreign minister said the rogue nation planned to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific, prompting the angry response from Trump Friday morning.
“It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific. We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong-un,” said North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, according to Yonhap News.
The U.S. and North Korea have been enemies for decades, but tensions have risen in recent months amid charged rhetoric on both sides and continued ballistic missile testing from North Korea.
"It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future," Trump said before the U.N. "It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior."