In a statement issued from Pyongyang on Friday morning, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a vague threat of retaliation for President Donald Trump threatening to “totally destroy” the country.
North Korea’s state media reported that Kim described Trump as “deranged” and “unfit” to lead the United States. “I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea],” Kim said, according to the Associated Press.
It was unclear how Kim would respond to Trump’s U.N. address, although he has previously issued dire threats that didn’t result in violence against the United States or its leaders. Kim did indicate he was “thinking hard” about a response and that he had a particular strategy in mind.
Trump’s remarks to the U.N. General Assembly this week, Kim said, “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.”
Kim’s comments came after months of contentious rhetoric from both his regime and the United States. Just on Tuesday, Trump referred to Kim as “Rocket Man” and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if forced to defend the United States.