Pyongyang responded Thursday to US President Donald Trump’s UN General Assembly address. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York that Trump’s words were nothing more than “dog-barking noise.”

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North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho described US President Donald Trump’s speech in front of the United Nations General Assembly as “dog-barking noise.” During the speech, Trump threatened that if need be, Washington will “totally destroy North Korea.”

Ri spoke to reporters Thursday outside of a hotel near the UN headquarters in New York. When he was asked to respond to Trump’s fierce words, he said: “I pity his aides.”


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The North Korean minister’s attack on Trump came two days after the American leader’s first UN General Assembly address. During his speech, Trump mentioned the frequent North Korean missile tests and threats. Trump also called North Korea’s leader by the new nickname he gave him: “Rocket Man.”

“Just as the founders of this body intended, we must work together and confront together those who threaten us with chaos, turmoil, and terror,” Trump said. “The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based. They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries.”

“No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the wellbeing of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea,” he continued. “It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans and for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more.”