North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho was referring to US President Donald Trump’s statement at the United Nations
MOSCOW – US President Donald Trump has “lit the wick of war” with North Korea, Russia’s TASS news agency quoted North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho as saying on Wednesday.
“With his bellicose and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, you can say, has lit the wick of a war against us,” TASS quoted Ri as saying.
“We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words.”
In September, Trump escalated his threats against North Korea over its nuclear challenge, threatening to “totally destroy” the country of 26 million people and mocking its leader, Kim Jong Un, as a “rocket man.”
In a hard-edged speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Trump offered a grim portrait of a world in peril, adopted a more confrontational approach to solving global challenges from Iran to Venezuela, and gave an unabashed defence of US sovereignty.
“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,” Trump told the 193-member world body, sticking closely to a script.
His remarks rattled the leaders gathered before him in the green-marbled UN General Assembly hall, where minutes earlier UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had appealed for statesmanship.
As loud, startled murmurs filled the hall, Trump described Kim in an acid tone, saying, “rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime.”