Stop Fighting Like Schoolchildren: Russia To US, N Korea

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Moscow: Russia has stepped into the US and North Korea fighting, said “the hot heads” need to calm down. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, according to news agency Reuters, “We have to calm down the hot heads.” Lavrov went to liken the exchange of words and threats between US President Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un to a fight between schoolchildren. “We continue to strive for the reasonable and not the emotional approach…of the kindergarten fight between children,” Lavrov was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Lavrov’s comments came on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the same stage where Trump made the threat to destroy North Korea earlier this week. Delivering his maiden UNGA speech, Trump was lambasting North Korea for its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Trump, whose speech came weeks after Pyongyang had conducted a nuclear test, said, “The US has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

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But we must do much more. It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior,” Trump went on to say. Trump’s UN address was met with a rare personal response from Kim Jong Un. In a statement full of the trademark North Korean rhetoric, Kim said called Trump “mentally deranged” and promised to tame the “US dotard with fire”.

“The mentally deranged behavior [sic] of the US president openly expressing on the UN arena the unethical will to “totally destroy” a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure,” Kim said.

“Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation,” Kim further said, ending with, “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.”

The Trump-Kim spat did not end there. Soon after North Korea released Kim’s statement, Trump took to Twitter to once again blast Kim, calling him a “madman” who will be tested “like never before”.