Donald Trump reacts to North Korea's UN speech, says the country 'won't be around much longer'

United States president Donald Trump said on Twitter on Saturday North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and leader Kim Jong Un 'won’t be around much longer' if Ri echoed the thoughts of 'Little Rocket Man', an apparent reference to Kim.

Ri told the United Nations General Assembly earlier on Saturday that targeting the US mainland with its rockets was inevitable after "Mr Evil President" Donald Trump called Pyongyang’s leader "rocket man".

 Donald Trump reacts to North Koreas UN speech, says the country wont be around much longer

File image of Donald Trump at UN General Assembly. Reuters

Ri's remarks came hours after US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighters flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea in a show of force the Pentagon said showed the range of military options available to Trump.

His speech capped a week of rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, with Trump and Kim Jong Un trading insults. Trump called Kim a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged US dotard."

On Saturday, the mudslinging continued with Ri calling Trump "a mentally deranged person full of megalomania and complacency" who is trying to turn the United Nations into a "gangsters’ nest". Ri said Trump himself was on a "suicide mission" after the US president had said Kim was on such a mission.

"President Evil is holding the seat of the US president," Ri said, warning that Pyongyang was ready to defend itself if the United States showed any sign of conducting a "decapitating operation on our headquarters or military attack against our country".

"Now we are finally only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the state nuclear force," Ri told the annual gathering of world leaders.

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Updated Date: Sep 24, 2017 09:43:22 IST

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