In a televised New Year’s Day speech, North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un dramatically declared that his isolated country is on the brink of testing its first intercontinental ballistic missile, which could be supposedly equipped with nuclear warheads and is powerful enough to target any part of the United States.
“Research and development of cutting edge arms equipment is actively progressing and ICBM rocket test launch preparation is in its last stage,” Kim said.
Despite the fact that North Korean leader has habit of bragging about his nuclear program and made baseless claims about its military arsenal, President-elect Donald Trump felt compelled to comment on the situation.
As if that wasn’t troubling enough, the billionaire business mogul decided to chide the hermit kingdom the only way he knows: He tweeted about it.
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won't happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
The incoming commander-in-chief then took aim at China, claiming the communist nation was not doing anything to help the U.S. cope with the hermit kingdom.
China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the U.S. in totally one-sided trade, but won't help with North Korea. Nice!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
To put it simply, it was a stupid move, and Twitter was quick to slam Trump for his penchant to deal with issues regarding foreign affairs on social media.
What is WRONG with you? Shut up. @realDonaldTrump— Maritxu (@dislexicon) January 3, 2017
@realDonaldTrump pew pew pew!!! Blow the world up until America is great again! Love this guy.— mikepencehere (@mikepencehere) January 3, 2017
I am going to fix North Korea good just by Tweeting. What could wrong.— Donald Trump (@TheBestPrezEver) January 3, 2017
.@realDonaldTrump Sweetie, this is the perfect example of something you save for your Presidenting meetings, not glib little tweets.— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) January 2, 2017
@realDonaldTrump you have mere days until you're sworn in as President. Do you really want to avoid it so badly that you'll kill us all now?— Alex Zalben (@azalben) January 2, 2017
@realDonaldTrump Delete your account. Also. Don't destroy the planet you fucking Clownstick.— HarleyPeyton (@HarleyPeyton) January 2, 2017
@realDonaldTrump I'm more scared of you with nuclear weapons— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) January 2, 2017
Some also drew comparisons between the two leaders.
@realDonaldTrump and Kim Jong-un: two babies but with a single thought.— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) January 2, 2017
“I think North Korea will probably test the KN-08 (intercontinental ballistic missile) this year, no matter what Trump tweets,” Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program (EANP) told CNN, calling the president-elect’s tweets “foolish, but probably harmless.”
Meanwhile, in an earlier statement, the Pentagon urged the world to “use every available channel and means of influence” to show North Korea that the use of ballistic missile technology was unacceptable.
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