Tensions between the US and North Korea escalated further on Sunday as President Donald Trump warned Kim Jong-un he “wont be around much longer”.
Mr Trump’s latest provocative Twitter comment came as a major anti-America rally was held in Pyongyang.
Late on Saturday night, Mr Trump wrote:
Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told the United Nations General Assembly that targeting the US mainland with rockets was inevitable after “Mr Evil President” Trump called Pyongyang’s leader a “rocket man” on a suicide mission.
The leaders have traded increasingly threatening and personal insults recently as Pyongyang races towards its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States.
Analysts say the escalation in rhetoric is increasing the risk of a miscalculation by one side or the other that could have massive repercussions.
North Korea’s state-run television aired a video on Sunday showing tens of thousands of people attending the anti-America rally.
The North’s official KCNA news agency said more than 100,000 people gathered for the rally on Saturday and delivered speeches supporting comments made by Mr Kim earlier in the week.
“We are waiting for the right time to have a final battle with the US, the evil empire, and to remove the US from the world,” KCNA quoted Ri Il-bae, a commanding officer of the Red Guards, as saying.
“Once respected Supreme commander Kim Jong-ungives an order, we will annihilate the group of aggressors.”
In an unprecedented statement on Friday, Mr Kim described Mr Trump as a “mentally deranged dotard” whom he would tame with fire.