North Korea’s Kim a ‘ma­niac’: Philip­pines’ Duterte

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is a “ma­niac” who could de­stroy Asia by trig­ger­ing a nu­clear war, Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte said yes­ter­day, ahead of a re­gional sum­mit to be at­tended by the regime’s for­eign min­is­ter. Us­ing char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally crude lan­guage, Duterte teed off against Kim ahead of a re­gional se­cu­rity meet­ing in Manila where the her­mit state’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile tests will be a hot agenda item. “He is play­ing with dan­ger­ous toys and this crazy man, do not be fooled by his face, that chubby face that looks nice,” Duterte, 72, said of Kim in a na­tion­ally tele­vised speech.

“That son-of-a-whore ma­niac, if he makes a mis­take then the Far East will be­come an arid land. It must be stopped, this nu­clear war, be­cause (if) a lim­ited con­fronta­tion blows up here, I tell you the fall­out, the soil, the re­sources. I don’t know what will hap­pen to us. We won’t be able to plant any­thing pro­duc­tive.” Un­der Kim’s lead­er­ship, Py­ongyang has ac­cel­er­ated its nu­clear am­bi­tions, in de­fi­ance of in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion and mul­ti­ple sets of United Na­tions sanc­tions.

North Korea last week con­ducted its sec­ond in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile test, which led Kim to boast he could strike any tar­get in the United States. US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son and Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi will also be in Manila for the se­cu­rity fo­rum, which is hosted by the 10-mem­ber As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN). The min­is­ters will ex­press “grave con­cern” over North Korea’s nu­clear mis­sile test, ac­cord­ing to a draft copy of the chair­man’s state­ment ob­tained by AFP and sched­uled to be re­leased on Tues­day next week at the end of the ASEAN Re­gional Fo­rum.

Duterte, who won pres­i­den­tial elec­tions last year, has come un­der fire from for­eign lead­ers over his war on drugs that has claimed thou­sands of lives and led to warn­ings by rights groups that he may be over­see­ing a crime against hu­man­ity. He typ­i­cally fla­vors his speeches with crude lan­guage and jokes deemed by many to be of­fen­sive, in­clud­ing about rape. Duterte last year called then US pres­i­dent Barack Obama a “son of a w***e” for crit­i­ciz­ing the drug war.—AFP

BANGKOK: For­mer prime min­is­ter Som­chai Wong­sawat, cen­ter, brother-in-law of Thaksin and Yingluck Shi­nawa­tra, ar­rives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok.—AFP

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