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Russia says Trump, Kim Jong-un behaving like ‘kindergarten kids’

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that the behaviour US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un were showing resembled a “kindergarten fight between children.”

“We have to calm down the hot heads and understand that we do need pauses, that we do need some contacts,” Lavrov said in a press conference after his address to the General Assembly on Friday.

His remarks came after an escalating war of words between Trump and Kim ratcheted up a notch on Friday as the US president dubbed North Korea’s leader a “madman,” a day after DPRK hinted it may explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

The two leaders launched the verbal clash after Washington announced tougher sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program.

Trump, in his speech, nicknamed Kim “Rocket Man” and declared him to be on a “suicide mission.”

“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!” Trump posted on his official Twitter account.

A day after Trump’s statement, Kim took aim at Trump, branding him “mentally deranged” and a “dotard”.

“Trump insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history”, Kim said in an interview.

“I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech.”

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.