North Korea’s foreign minister on Thursday likened US President Donald Trump to a “barking dog” after he threatened to “totally destroy” the nuclear-armed country.
In his address to United Nations on Tuesday, Trump escalated his standoff with North Korea over its nuclear challenge, threatening to “totally destroy” the country of 26 million people if the North threatened the United States and its allies.
Trump also mocked its leader, Kim Jong Un, calling him a “rocket man”.
North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho called Trump’s comments “the sound of a dog barking”.
“There is a saying that goes: ‘Even when dogs bark, the parade goes on’,” said Ri in televised remarks to reporters in front of a hotel near the U.N. headquarters in New York.
“If (Trump) was thinking about surprising us with dog-barking sounds then he is clearly dreaming.”
When asked by reporters what he thought of Trump calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “rocket man”, Ri quipped, “I feel sorry for his aides.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has also lashed out at US President Donald Trump for his “ignorant and spiteful” comments against the Iranian nation.
Delivering a speech at the 72nd UN General Assembly session in New York on Wednesday, President Rouhani said the “ignorant, ugly, spiteful literature of the US president, which was full of false information and groundless allegations, against the Iranian nation” were beneath the dignity of the United Nations.
During his speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump accused Iran of engaging in “destabilizing activities” in the region.
He also claimed that Iran’s “support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its financing.”
Trump also denounced the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, including the US, as “an embarrassment” that Washington may abandon.