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This undated picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 12, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a photo session with teachers who volunteered to work at branch schools on islands and schools in forefront line and mountainous areas, in Pyongyang.
“Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation,” the dictator said.
The North Korean leader concluded his statement by saying that he will “surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.” Kim also called Trump a “rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.”
Pyongyang’s response comes hours after Trump signed an executive order that aims to expand his authority to target people and institutions doing business with North Korea. The measure seeks to cut off North Korea’s access to funding and deter its nuclear and missile programs.
In recent weeks, North Korea has tested ballistic missiles and an apparent hydrogen bomb in the face of international economic sanctions and warnings. Last week, the U.N. unanimously passed fresh measures to punish the isolated nation economically, with the support of China and Russia.
Trump has repeatedly pressed China, North Korea’s only major ally, to do more to force Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
On Tuesday, he also commended Beijing for signing on to two recent sanctions packages enacted by the Security Council. The U.S. sees China’s commitment to sanctions as crucial to forcing Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programs.
Trump appeared to try to quash speculation that he is targeting China or other North Korean trading partners with the action.
“I want to be clear — the order targets only one country, and that country is North Korea,” he said.
— CNBC’s Jacob Pramuk contributed to this report.