Ok, so as you’re no doubt aware, Donald Trump, to much fanfare, announced new sanctions on North Korea today.
The executive order “significantly expands” Washington’s authority to target individuals, companies, and financial institutions that finance or facilitate trade with North Korea, Trump insisted, adding that China “has told their banks to stop doing business” with Pyongyang.
“This action is directed at everyone,” Treasury Secretary Mnuchin later clarified (or perhaps “didn’t clarify” is better). Mnuchin characterized the new order as “forward looking,” which apparently means the Treasury will determine what needs to happen on an ad hoc basis from now on.
Basically, the U.S. is going to force everyone to choose between doing business with the U.S. or North Korea. Obviously, that isn’t really a “choice” – although as anyone who has ever done business with Trump will tell you, the choice between Trump and Kim is a closer call than you might think.
This of course comes during a week that saw Trump brand Kim “Rocket Man” in a speech to the U.N. general assembly, which the President apparently views as something akin to his Twitter feed in terms of what is and isn’t appropriate to say. He also threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea.
Also on Thursday, EU member states agreed to the adopt their own set of added sanctions against the North including a ban on EU exports of oil and investments in the country, AFP reported.
Well in case you were wondering whether any of this is likely to prompt a deescalation in the rhetoric or, more poignantly, in case you might have been under the impression that Trump had taken the absurd hyperbole crown from Kim with the whole “Rocket Man” fiasco, Kim wants you to know that when it comes to bombast, there will be no besting Pyongyang.
On Thursday evening, in what will surely go down as one of the most hilarious quotables ever to emanate from everyone’s favorite hermit kingdom, Kim delivered the following response to Trump:
I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.
That is an actual quote, as communicated to the world via North Korea’s state-run KCNA.
And there was much – much – more.
Frankly, there is nothing we could possibly say to make the full statement any funnier than it already is, so we’ll just let it speak for itself. You can find it below…
The speech made by the U.S. president in his maiden address on the UN arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern.
Shaping the general idea of what he would say, I expected he would make stereo-typed, prepared remarks a little different from what he used to utter in his office on the spur of the moment as he had to speak on the world’s biggest official diplomatic stage.
But, far from making remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful to defusing tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors.
A frightened dog barks louder.
I’d like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world.
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.
His remarks remind me of such words as “political layman” and “political heretic” which were in vogue in reference to Trump during his presidential election campaign.
After taking office Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world. He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.
His remarks which described the U.S. option through straightforward expression of his will 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.
Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history that he would destroy the DPRK, we will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.
Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say.
As a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honor of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK.
This is not a rhetorical expression loved by Trump.
I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue.
Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation.
I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U. S. dotard with fire. -0-