Kim Jong Un calls Trump 'deranged,' says he will 'pay dearly' for remarks
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un retaliated against President Donald Trump's recent rhetoric Thursday, saying in a statement that the U.S. president was "deranged" and would "pay dearly" for his remarks.
The statement was published by KCNA, North Korea's state news agency.
"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," Kim said of Trump's Tuesday U.N. address. "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire."
In that speech, Trump referred to Kim as "rocket man" and threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea should the country continue on its march to nuclearize.
His rhetoric, unusual for such an appearance, drew a rebuke from North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who said, "It would be a dog's dream if he intended to scare us with the sound of a dog barking."
Kim echoed this sentiment in the statement, writing that "a frightened dog barks louder.
"His remarks...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," he continued. "I will make the man...pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK."
Earlier Thursday, Trump backed up his oration with an executive order authorizing stiffer sanctions against North Korea.