Trump: “We can’t have madmen out there shooting rockets all over the place”

US President Donald Trump mentioned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a rally in Arizona last night. Trump also accused his predecessor, Barack Obama, of failing to deal with Kim during his two terms.
Trump and Kim Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

After he warned that Pyongyang “will be tested like never before,” US President Donald Trump continued to criticize North Korean leader Kim Jong-un yesterday. During a Friday night rally in Arizona, Trump vowed to deal with “Little Rocket Man,” referring to Kim. “We can’t have madmen out there shooting rockets all over the place,” he said. “And by the way, Rocket Man should have been handled a long time ago.”

Trump then pointed the finger at the Barack Obama administration, saying that his predecessor and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should have dealt with Kim themselves. “He should have been handled eight years ago, and four years ago, and honestly -- and 15 years ago, and 20 years ago and 25 years ago,” he said. “This shouldn't be handled now but I'm going to handle it because we have to handle it.”

Meanwhile, China announced the enforcement of the new UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea. As part of the sanctions, China will limit the export of oil products to North Korea and ban the import of textiles from the isolated state. The Chinese Commerce Ministry stated that the limit on oil exports will begin on October 1 while the ban on textile imports has already gone into effect.

After Kim's rare speech in which he warned that the US will pay for threatening his country, Trump responded. On Friday, Trump took to Twitter, writing that Kim “will be tested like never before!”

“Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!” the US president wrote. In his speech last night, Kim claimed that Trump’s UN General Assembly address was the “most ferocious declaration of war in history.”

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