Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Korean students react to increasing tension from North Korea

Korean students react to increasing tension from North Korea

Trump called the North Korean leader a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged US dotard" who would face the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" in retaliation for Trump saying the USA would "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatened the US or its allies.

Kim said Trump was "playing with fire" and warned his regime "will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

Kim shot back (sorry, bad choice of words) Friday by calling Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard" and vowed the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

"Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation", Kim said.

Pyongyang in turn said it has prepared a military plan to fire missiles into the waters near Guam, home to major US bases, but was putting the plan on hold as it monitored USA behavior. Why are we all giggling at these two men who CAN destroy us?

The obscure word is old - late Middle English, or around the 14th century - and means a senile old person, someone in their dotage. Although, Shakespeare and Tolkien used it, it is barely heard these days.

"J.R.R. Tolkien was also fond of 'dotard, ' which was a popular pejorative in literature and beyond".

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But as for the 12-year-old girl still trapped in the rubble? "We want to be hopeful", Villegas said. But on Thursday evening, Mexican officials said that there is no evidence that the girl exists.

In the defiant statement released by Kim, he threatened the United States with fire to make it "pay dearly".

But the recognised definitions didn't quite cut it for some people on Twitter, as many came up with their own creative examples of how the word could more accurately describe Trump. Reports say it was actually on the teleprompter and not a Trump ad lib.

"There's a certain amount of bluster that's taken for granted when you're dealing with North Korea", the Trump administration official told Reuters. He also called Kim a "rocket man" on a suicide mission. The United States had pressed for a complete ban on oil sales to the North but received pushback from China and Russian Federation.

"The United Nations is a community where peace-keeping is rewarded", writes Gloria Steinem, American feminist author and activist and one of the 30 women peacemakers who crossed the Korean DMZ in 2015. That's what the United Nations is for.

They mark a rare direct intervention by the North Korea leader, who usually lets his deputies issue statements.

Trump's executive order expanded the Treasury Department's ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea, and to ban them from interacting with the US financial system.

I'm hoping it's just rain. Is Elton John on the president's play list this week?

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