This cannot end well unless drastic means are taken.
Responding directly for the first time to President Trump’s threat at the United Nations to destroy nuclear-armed North Korea, its leader called Mr. Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” on Friday and vowed the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.”
The rejoinder by the leader, Kim Jong-un, who is about half as old as Mr. Trump, 71, added to the lexicon of Mr. Kim’s choice of insults in the escalating bombast between the two.
“A frightened dog barks louder,” Mr. Kim said in a statement, referring to Mr. Trump’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday in which he vowed to annihilate North Korea if the United States were forced to defend itself or its allies against it.
“He is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician,” Mr. Kim said.
What’s really scary is that Kim is pretty much spot on with his characterization of Trump; he knows a fellow authoritarian bully and bombast when he sees one.