It’s been a pretty tense summer between the United States and North Korea. There’s been a Cold War-esque back-and-forth between the countries with Kim Jong Un doing increasingly more ballistic missile tests and Donald Trump responding with insults, threats and sanctions. With such a poor box office this year, this was kind of our summer blockbuster. Things have really ramped up in the month of September though, with threats and insults flying like both sides are run by Disney villains. Here’s everything Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump have yelled at each other in the past month.
Donald Trump has made vague threats before, about the number of ‘options’ the U.S. has for dealing with North Korea. August was when he really started using some terrifying language to suggest the U.S. was ready to strike. After the latest missile test, Trump threatened the nation with ‘fire and fury.’ He then doubled down on that, saying it might not have been harsh enough. In response–we assume–North Korea performed two more missile tests on August 26 and 29.
— CNN (@CNN) August 9, 2017
Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017
Was this meant to be a reference to Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, or is that just a testament to how crazy and bizarre this whole thing has become?
..North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2017
Rocket Man Part 1
This is where things entered the realm of Saturday Night Live sketch. Donald Trump referred to the authoritarian leader of North Korea as ‘Rocket Man.’ Yes, apparently we’ve resorted to name-calling world leaders.
I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2017
Rocket Man Part 2
It looks like Twitter wasn’t enough, Trump was just testing his material for his big address at the United Nations where he really went all out. Not only did he call Kim ‘Rocket Man’ again, he threatened to ‘totally destroy North Korea.’ It’s one thing to talk smack about another world leader, but the president of the United States just threatened to destroy a nation of 25 million people. This just got serious. And at the U.N. no less. You know, where the nations are supposed to be united?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2017
Mentally Deranged Dotard
On Thursday, the North Korean state media released a statement from Kim himself directly threatening the United States and Donald Trump. This is significant because, according to South Korea, this is the first time Kim has personally issued a statement against another country. There have been threats by the state, but this was spoken directly by Kim himself. Here are the highlights:
‘Far from making any remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful in diffusion tension, [Trump] made unprecedented rude nonsense no one has ever heard from any of his predecessors. A frightened dog barks louder.’
‘His remarks remind me of such words as ‘political layman’ and ‘political heretic.”
‘He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.’
‘Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say.’
‘I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK.’
‘I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.’
Rather than respond how most people would when personally threated to be tamed with fire by Kim Jong Un, Trump responded in the same way he’s been responding this whole time. With more name-calling and more vague but terrifying threats.
Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017
It’s unclear if nuclear war is actually on the horizon, or if these two are just going to keep lobbing threats and insults at each other until the next presidential election. That would be preferable, but it’s certainly making everyone nervous.