North Korea’s Foreign Minister, Ri Yong-ho‘s has described US President Donald Trump‘s speech to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly as “the sound of a barking dog”.
Speaking to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Trump had said he would “totally destroy” North Korea if it posed a threat to the US or its allies.
Trump while speaking about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told the UN: “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime.”
Ri’s comments were North Korea’s first official reaction to the speech.
He told reporters near the UN headquarters in New York: “There is a saying that goes: ‘Even when dogs bark, the parade goes on’.”
“If [Trump] was thinking about surprising us with the sound of a barking dog then he is clearly dreaming.”
North Korea has continued to develop its nuclear and weapons programmes, in defiance of a UN ban.
On September 3rd it also announced it had conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test.
Days later the UN passed a fresh round of sanctions against the country restricting oil imports and banning textile exports, an attempt to starve the North of fuel and income for its weapons programmes.