NK foreign minister: trump probably has insulting & demeaning nicknames for all his aides, too

SK Unexpectedly Approves Aid To Pyongyang As NK Calls Trump “Barking Dog”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Sep 21 2017

There is no love lost in the endlessly escalating war of words and delightful soundbites between Trump and NK, and after the president threatened to “totally destroy” NK, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters in New York on Wednesday, as cited by the Yonhap news agency:

If he was thinking he could scare us with the sound of a dog barking, that’s really a dog dream!

Along with other world diplomats, Ri was in New York to attend the UNGA. Responding to Trump’s new nickname for Kim Jong-un, ‘Rocket Man’, Ri said:

I feel sorry for his aides!

NK diplomats were not present for Trump’s speech. According to CNN, Rex Tillerson, who is also in New York, played down the possibility of a meeting with his NK counterpart. Pyongyang and Faschingstein do not maintain formal diplomatic relations and the presence of NK’s top diplomat in Pindostan could have afforded a rare chance for high-level, face-to-face dialogue. Tillerson told reporters :

I don’t believe we can have a matter-of-fact discussion with NK, because we don’t know how their means of communication and behavior will be.

Tillerson claimed there were signs that increased international pressure on NK was starting to bear fruit. He said there was evidence of fuel shortages in the country after the passage of recent UN sanctions, which targeted oil imports among other things. However, analysts pointed out that fuel shortages did not necessarily prove that sanctions were having an effect, as most NK subjects don’t own cars or use fuel at anywhere near the rate of the rest of the world. Trump is scheduled to meet with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and SK Pres Moon Jae-in Thursday. On the top of the agenda is likely to be SK’s surprise decision to send an $8m aid package to NK. According to Reuters, the move marks a resumption in SK aid after a break of almost two years. SK said it planned to send $4.5m worth of medical treatments, nursery facilities and nutritional products for children and pregnant women through the World Food Programme, and $3.5m worth of medicinal treatments and nutritional products through UNICEF. Unification Minister Cho Myong-gyon said:

We have consistently said we would pursue humanitarian aid for NK in consideration of the poor conditions children and pregnant women are in there, apart from political issues.

UNICEF’s regional director for East Asia and the Pacific Karin Hulshof said in a statement before the decision:

The problems NK children face are all too real. Today, we estimate that around 200,000 children are affected by acute malnutrition, heightening their risk of death and increasing rates of stunting. Food and essential medicines and equipment to treat young children are in short supply.

However, Reuters adds:

The decision to send aid to NK was not popular in SK, hitting Pres Moon Jae-in’s approval rating. It also raised concerns in Japan and Pindostan, and followed new UNSCRs against NK over its sixth nuclear test earlier this month. SK’s efforts aimed at fresh aid for NK dragged down Moon’s approval rating. Realmeter, a SK polling organization, said on Thursday Moon’s approval rating stood at 65.7%, weakening for a fourth straight month.

The last time SK sent aid to NK was in Dec 2015 through the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) under ex-Pres Park Geun-hye. Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the situation on the Korean peninsula was getting more serious by the day and could not be allowed to spin out of control. Wang said, according to a report from the state-run China News Service on Thursday:

We call on all parties to be calmer than calm and not let the situation escalate out of control.

Meeting separately with his SK counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, Wang reiterated a call for SK to remove the THAAD, which China says is a threat to its own security. A report on China’s official Xinhua news agency quoted Wang as saying:

China hopes SK will make efforts to reduce tension.

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