‘Fool’ Kim ‘play­ing with dan­ger­ous toys’

New Straits Times - - World -

MANILA: Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte yes­ter­day de­scribed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “fool” and a “son of a b***h”, just days be­fore Manila hosts an in­ter­na­tional meet­ing cer­tain to ad­dress Py­ongyang’s long-range mis­sile tests.

Duterte held noth­ing back in re­buk­ing Kim for “play­ing with dan­ger­ous toys”, set­ting the stage for next week’s rare get­to­gether, to be at­tended by for­eign min­is­ters of all the coun­tries in­volved in the stand­off on the Korean penin­sula.

North Korea is de­ter­mined to de­velop a nu­clear-tipped mis­sile ca­pa­ble of hit­ting the United States and of­fi­cials in Wash­ing­ton said Satur­day’s test of an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile showed it may be able to reach most of the coun­try.

“This Kim Jong-un, a fool... he is play­ing with dan­ger­ous toys, that fool,” Duterte told tax of­fi­cials in a speech.

“That chubby face that looks kind. That son of a b***h.

“If he com­mits a mis­take, the Far East will be­come an arid land. It must be stopped, this nu­clear war.

“A lim­ited con­fronta­tion and it blows up here, I will tell you, the fall­out can de­plete the soil, the re­sources and I don’t know what will hap­pen to us.”

This year, Duterte is chair­man of Asean and on Mon­day, his for­eign min­is­ter will host the Asean Re­gional Fo­rum, which brings to­gether 27 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Australia, China, In­dia, Ja­pan, Rus­sia, North and South Korea and the US. Reuters

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