WASHINGTON, D.C. — A wise crack by John McCain about Kim Jong Un earlier this month has escalated to a war of words between the U.S. and North Korea, leading to the rogue nation’s leader threatening the U.S. with nuclear attack.
The Arizona Republican’s calling of dictator Kim Jong Un “this crazy fat kid” was met with an angry response from the communist leader who warned the U.S. to prepare for the “dire consequences” to follow.
“As such guys as John McCain and [Sen.] Ted Cruz made a provocation tantamount to declaration of war against the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], the DPRK will take steps to counter it,” Un said in an official DPRK statement, published by the Korean Central News Agency. “They will have to bitterly experience the disastrous consequences to be entailed by their reckless tongue-lashing and then any regret for it will come too late.”
The reference senator Ted Cruz (R- Texas) is in response to Cruz’s labeling of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror.
Un’s statement went on to characterize McCain and Cruz as being “like a puppy knowing no fear of the tiger.”
“The service personnel and people of the DPRK are regarding the dignity of their supreme leadership as their life and soul,” the statement continued (https://kcnawatch.co/newstream/1490715125-140227397/u-s-hard-line-conservative-congressmens-outbursts-under-fire/).
“The revolutionary forces of the DPRK with its nuclear force for self-defense as its pivot will fulfill its sacred mission of devotedly defending its supreme leadership representing the destiny and life of its people by dealing a merciless sledge-hammer blow at those daring hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership like a puppy knowing no fear of the tiger.”
McCain’s comments about Un came during a March 22 interview in which he said the U.S. must pressure China into helping to cool North Korea’s increasingly “out of control” behavior.
“China is the only one that can control Kim Jong Un, this crazy fat kid that’s running North Korea,” McCain said on MSNBC. “They could stop North Korea’s economy in a week.”
McCain took to social media to respond to Un’s statement on Wednesday tweeting, “What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid?”
Un, the 33 year old leader heir of former leader Kim Jong-il, often surrounds himself with secrecy and reportedly weighs upward of 275 pounds.