My Nuclear button is bigger than Yours
Donald Trump taunted Kim Jong-un by bragging that his nuclear button is “bigger and more powerful” than the North Korean Tyrant’s.
The US president raised the sakes in his war of insults with Kim two days after the despot warned America that “the button for nuclear weapons is on my table”. Mr Trump tweeted: “North Korean Leader Kim Jonmg Un just stated that the “Nuclear button is on his desk at all times.”
“Will someone from his depleted and food-starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger and more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
The exchange is thelatest clash between the two leaders. Since taking office a year ago, Mr. Trump has branded Kim “a Little Rocket Man” and “short and fat”. Kim has called the president. 71, a “mentally deranged dotard” and a “frightened dog”.
Foreign policy experts claim that Kim and his regime revel in the attention from the White House.
However, the pariah state today appeared to be reaching out to South Korea by making contact via a long-closed hotline. Yesterday South Korea proposed high-level discussions to defuse the stand-off over Kim’s missile and nuclear programmes.
Mr Trump’s outburst came after Kim,33, boasted on New Year’s Day that he had a nuclear button on his desk and that the whole of America was within range and claimed: “The United States can never fight a war against me and our state.”
The despot, who became the East Asian country’s supreme leader upon the death of his father Kim Jong –il in 2011, said his regime would this yer build more missiles for operational deployment and nucler warheads.
However, he pledged not to attack unless threatened and paved the way for talks with Seoul by announcing that he would consider sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics, which will be held in Pyeongchang in South Korea next month. Responding to Mr Trump’s latest tweet, Jim Him, a Democratic congressman who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, said: “I guess the president regards this as a show of strength”.
“But as everybody who’s ever been in a first-grade playground recognises, it’s usually the person who’s most aggressively pounding their chest that is in fact the weak one.”
Last year Mr Trump escalated tensions with North Korea to an unprecedented high. He told the regime the US was “locked and loaded” and threatened it with “fire and fury” if it dared to strike America.
North Korea tested its most powerful intwercontinental ballistic misile in November. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, last night warned North Korea not to stage another missile test. “I hope that doesn’t happen” she said. “But if it does, we must bring even tougher measures to bear against the regime.”
In a stream of post-holiday tweets, Mr Trump also threatened to withhold aid payments over what he called the Palestinians’ inwillingness to discuss peace with Israel and attacked Pakistan over its efforts to tackle terrorism.
“As an example, we pay the Palestinians HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel.” Nabil Abu Radinah, a spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, responded: “Jerusalem is not for sale, neither for gold nor for silver.”
Mr Trump, who has said America will hold back $255 million in “aid” to Pakistan after its “lies and deceit”, he wrote “It’s not only Pakistan that we paythat we pay billions of dollars to for nothing, but also many other countries, and others.” Pakistan claims that its own sacrifice of military and civilians in the fight against the Taliban is not appreciated by the U.S. A Brown University study of 2016 puts total casualties in the region at over 350,000 since 2001.