Trump Says NFL Players Who Take a Knee During National Anthem Should Be Fired – New York Times

The N.F.L., the players’ union and scores of players pushed back at President Trump for encouraging team owners to fire players who do not stand for the national anthem.

Their response on social media came in the hours after the president, speaking at a campaign rally Friday night in Huntsville, Ala., used an expletive to describe players who kneel or sit during the anthem to protest police brutality against black Americans and other forms of social injustice.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these N.F.L. owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired,’ ” the president said at the rally, for Senator Luther Strange, who was appointed to the Senate this year and is facing Roy Moore in a Republican primary runoff.

He said the protests would stop if fans left games when players did not stand for the anthem. “The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium.”

The comments, along with others about the safety of the game, triggered criticism from the league, the union and players. Some people urged more players to kneel or sit during the anthem at football stadiums on Sunday as a way to reinforce their First Amendment rights. Others urged more white players to stand with black players who have knelt or sat during the anthem.

In an unusually strong rebuke of the president on Saturday, Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the league, in which a majority of the owners are Republican, said the president failed to understand how the league and its players work together to “create a sense of unity in our country and our culture.”

“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the N.F.L., our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,” he said in a statement.

DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the N.F.L. Players Association, also took umbrage at the president’s remarks, and added: “The line that marks the balance between the rights of every citizen in our great country gets crossed when someone is told to just ‘shut up and play.’ ”

The president’s comments and the response to them will further inflame a fierce and often uncomfortable debate inside the N.F.L. and among fans about whether the protests disrespect the military and country or are simply an effective way to publicize issues players want to highlight.

Since last season, when the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem, the protest has become a litmus test for players, many of whom say they support the protesters but continue to stand for the national anthem. Many coaches and owners have been more explicit, with some all but demanding that players stand for the anthem.

More than half a dozen owners contributed to Mr. Trump’s inauguration, and many of them donate heavily to conservative causes. Some owners, including Robert K. Kraft of the New England Patriots, consider Mr. Trump a personal friend.

Opinions have sharpened in recent months as Mr. Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl several seasons ago, remains unsigned, leading to charges that the owners have blacklisted him for his political views.

Mr. Goodell, who leads a league in which about three-quarters of the players are black, has tried to find a middle ground. He has said he supports the national anthem, but also believes players have a right to voice their opinion.

The president’s comments on Friday will complicate Mr. Goodell’s efforts to try to appease all parties. While he has reached out to some players, a spokesman on Friday said that it would take time to plan a “social unity month” that some players want so the league can highlight various social issues. The league plans to celebrate military appreciation month in November.

Mr. Trump has a history of antagonizing the N.F.L., dating to the 1980s, when he and the fledgling United States Football League successfully sued it for antitrust violations. Though Mr. Trump won in court, his efforts bankrupted the U.S.F.L. His name surfaced in 2014 as a potential buyer for the Buffalo Bills.

On Friday, Mr. Trump said that the league was losing television viewers in part because it was too focused on safety, including penalizing players for making hard tackles. “They’re ruining the game,” he said.

His comments came a day after scientists announced that Aaron Hernandez, the former Patriots tight end who committed suicide in April, had a severe form of the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head hits.

The president’s comments seemed to embolden players. Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron questioned why players were told not to talk about politics, yet the president could speak about sports. “Does anyone tell trump to stick to politics, like they tell us to stick to sports?” he wrote. He added “smh” for “shaking my head.”

Michael Thomas, a defensive back with the Miami Dolphins, urged fellow players not to back down. “Continue to use your voices and your platforms for racial equality and to stop injustices in our communities,” he wrote on Twitter. “This is bigger than us!!!”

By Saturday morning, the president appeared to have another league on his mind. He tweeted that the N.B.A. player Stephen Curry, a two-time M.V.P., was not welcome at the White House.

The team that wins the N.B.A. championship is customarily invited to visit. Mr. Curry’s team, the Golden State Warriors, won this year, but he said on Friday that he did not want to go.

LeBron James, the star player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, responded on Twitter by calling the president a “bum.”

Mr. Curry “already said he ain’t going,” Mr. James said. “So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

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Seismic activity detected near North Korean nuclear site – CNN International

The first sign Pyongyang has conducted a nuclear test is usually seismic activity. North Korea has one nuclear test site — Punggye-ri.
A magnitude 3.5 earthquake struck at 4:29 a.m. ET Saturday 22 kilometers (more than 13 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea, the US Geological Survey said. The depth of the earthquake was 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
“This event occurred in the area of the previous North Korean nuclear tests,” the USGS said. “We cannot conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event.”
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The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, a watchdog group that works to end nuclear testing worldwide, said there were two seismic events Saturday in North Korea, neither of very large magnitude. The larger one had a 3.4 magnitude, the group’s initial assessment found, which is much smaller than anything declared as a nuclear test in previous years.
The analysis indicated neither one was man-made, meaning they don’t appear to be explosions. The locations are around 50 kilometers away (more than 30 miles) from the site of previous nuclear tests, the group said.
Two South Korean officials at the Korea Meteorological Administration told CNN that their analysis so far suggests Saturday’s seismic activity around the nuclear site was not caused by an explosion or a collapse of the site.
The South Korean weather agency said analysts have detected seismic activity of a 3.2 magnitude about 6 kilometers (more than 3 miles) from the site used for nuclear tests. They believe the activity was the result of a natural earthquake.
“We assess that there is a slim possibility that it was caused by a collapse,” said Park Jong-shin, one of the analysts.
“We are carrying out a further analysis because there are concerns that it might have been a man-made earthquake.”
Park said analysts could not rule out the possibility that a natural earthquake occurred because of a nuclear test.
China’s earthquake administration said it was a magnitude 3.4 earthquake and cited a “suspected explosion.”

War of words

Saturday’s reports of seismic activity come at a time of rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump engaging in an escalating war of words over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
North Korea’s foreign minister said this week that his country could test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean in response to President Donald Trump’s threats of military action.
Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho spoke to reporters in New York during the UN General Assembly shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made an unprecedented televised statement, accusing Trump of being “mentally deranged.”
In a rare direct statement, Kim said that Trump would “pay dearly” for the threats, and that North Korea “will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.”
“I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue,” Kim said. “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.”
The forceful rhetoric from Pyongyang came after Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in a speech Tuesday to the General Assembly. Trump tweeted Friday that Kim was “obviously a madman” who would be “tested like never before.”

Fiery rhetoric

North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency published articles Saturday with comments slamming Trump.
One — titled “We will throw the irrational war fanatics of Trump’s gang in the fire of justice” — condemned Trump’s UN speech as “rubbish.”
“Trump, the president of so-called ‘power,’ is mad enough to wag his tongue without any consideration that he would ‘totally destroy’ a sovereign state.”
The article said, “For more than seven decades since the foundation of the UN, no chief executives or diplomats including the preceding US presidents have openly called for the obliteration of another state” at the UN General Assembly.
“Trump’s rubbish is the open declaration of war against our supreme dignity, state, social system and people, and an unpardonable extra-large provocation,” the report said, adding that “the US warmongers will face unimaginable consequences.”
“It is a foolish misjudgment if Trump’s gang thinks that America is safe because it’s far away from the Korean Peninsula.”
“The fire roughnecks who enjoy playing with fire, will die in fire,” the news agency said.

Concerns over nuclear program

North Korea has been working on developing missiles that can reach the United States and its allies and pair them with a miniaturized nuclear warheads.
To comply with a UN Security Council resolution calling for sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear activity, China said Friday that it will limit its exports of refined petroleum products to Pyongyang as well as ban imports of the North’s textiles.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said in a written statement that it will restrict exports of refined petroleum products from October 1, and ban the export of condensate oil and liquefied natural gas immediately.
A ban on textile imports from the North will go into effect immediately, the statement said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said this week that “we’re witnessing a very dangerous confrontation spiral around (North Korea).
“We resolutely condemned the nuclear missile adventures of Pyongyang in violation of Security Council resolutions, but military hysteria is not just an impasse, it’s a disaster,” Lavrov said in a speech at the UN General Assembly.

CNN’s Joe Sutton, Taehoon Lee, Andreena Narayan, Junko Ogura and Milena Veselinovic contributed to this report.

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Trump Calls on NFL Owners to Fire Players Who Protest, and Mocks Efforts to Make the Game Safer – Sports Illustrated

On the same day the media was filled with stories about a 27-year-old former NFL player who committed suicide and was found to have severe degenerative brain damage—likely much or all of it from football—the president decried how big hits have been taken out of the game.

In the same week Yahoo Sports broke a story that four NFL players asked commissioner Roger Goodell to declare November a month to support players’ burgeoning social activism, the president, cursing, said he would “love to see” an NFL owner fire a player who protested during the national anthem.

On these two issues the president might have the support of his core voters. But Trump’s longing-for-the-day-of-yore rhetoric in a speech in Alabama Friday night is the kind of anti-football, anti-player divisiveness that, frankly, no player or owner should stand for. Judging by the quick response Friday night and this morning, at least the players won’t.

“This union … will never back down when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of our players as well as their safety as men who compete in a game that exposes them to great risks,” wrote the NFL Players Association’s executive director, DeMaurice Smith.

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement in response to Trump’s comments, saying, “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

Regarding anthem protests, Trump said: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s FIRED!’ You know, some owner is gonna do that. He’s gonna say, ‘That guy disrespects our flag; he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it. They don’t know it. They’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know it. They’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

Regarding his nostalgia for the dangerous hits that college and pro football have been trying to take out of the game, Trump said: “Today if you hit too hard—15 yards! Throw him out of the game! They had that last week. I watched for a couple of minutes. Two guys, just really, beautiful tackle. Boom, 15 yards! The referee gets on television—his wife is sitting at home, she’s so proud of him. They’re ruining the game! They’re ruining the game. That’s what they want to do. They want to hit. They want to hit! It is hurting the game.

“But do you know what’s hurting the game more than that? When people like yourselves turn on the television and you see those players taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway.”

Reaction was swift on Twitter. “Where was this passion in response to Charlottesville?” Broncos guard Max Garcia wrote, referring to Trump’s equivocating remarks after the white supremacist rallies in Virginia in August.

“I hope more players kneel,” former defensive tackle Terrance Knighton wrote.

We’re in a time of player awakening. Maybe it’s not the same as Tommie Smith and John Carlos in the 1968 Olympics, but it’s real, and it’s fervent. It’s not a burn-baby-burn display of anarchy. The mild demonstrations of players such as Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins are measured and thoughtful; Jenkins has gone on ride-alongs with Philadelphia police officers, trying to better understand their jobs. He’s appeared before Congress to appeal for criminal-justice reform.

Listen to Jenkins, earlier this month, to The MMQB:

“Most people get upset with the demonstration … I think they don’t even read or care about what it is—they just are upset at the gesture or the fact that it is during the national anthem. I try to challenge people that you should be just as upset that all of these things are happening in this country. What we are saying that this flag stands for, and justice for all, and the things in our constitution that we hold near and dear, are not being upheld. If you have true patriotism, those should be the things that get you upset and make you want to use that energy to speak out on the injustices that happen, not on the fact that somebody is using their constitutional right.”

You can agree with him. You can disagree with him. But this is the kind of civil discourse these protests have brought to our attention.

And the president would like to see Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie fire Malcolm Jenkins.

Now about the new rules and penalties in recent years for the big hits both pro and college football are trying to take out of the game. Trump, apparently, is the only person in America who wants to see a more dangerous game of football.

Football is under fire. It’s clearly in a crisis period, with parents all over the country either weighing whether to let their children play football or keeping them from playng tackle football entirely. Recently the Atlanta Falcons took an extraordinary step toward supporting flag football in the state of Georgia. The franchise provided seed money for flag programs to be established in all 159 counties in the state, and club officials held a clinic to teach coaches and teachers from throughout the state how to run the flag programs. The Falcons didn’t say they think youth tackle football should be banned. But these were not simply the good-neighbor actions of an enlightened franchise. The Falcons showed they’re worried about the future of football, and they’re worried that young people will simply stop playing the game if parents feel it’s too dangerous.

College football has begun to eject players for “targeting” defenseless opponents. The NFL has ratcheted up penalties and fines for hits on defenseless receivers, often angering players and coaches. But in talking to players and coaches in the last couple of years, I sense they get it. Traditional coaches roll their eyes at the crackdown on big hits, and on cutting back how often teams can hit and be physical during practice. But the vast majority understand why it’s being done. It’s being done to try to save the game.

The New York Times has reported extensively on the number of deceased former players diagnosed with CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease experts believe is caused by repetitive head trauma. On Thursday the paper reported that former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who last played at age 23 and committed suicide in prison this year after being convicted of murder, had “severe” CTE at the time of his death.

Trump’s remarks come at a time of intense examination of the violence of the game, at a time when its long-term future is being questioned because of the effects of head trauma. It’s not the first time he’s questioned the softening of the game. It was a particularly tone-deaf instance, however, given the news of the week.

There’s no other way to put it: On Friday night, again, Donald Trump was America’s divider-in-chief.

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Dems give props to Kimmel as ObamaCare repeal stumbles – The Hill

Democrats cheering what appears to be the imminent failure of the GOP’s latest ObamaCare repeal effort are giving a special shout out to Jimmy Kimmel, the comedian-turned-activist whose opposition to the bill made him the public face of resistance. 

“Jimmy Kimmel played a huge role, in the sense that [he] connected with average Americans,” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) said Friday. 

“It had a tremendous impact to make people think.”

Kimmel, the late-night host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” has for months turned the GOP’s repeal effort into a personal crusade, broadcasting the plight of his infant son, born with a serious heart condition, and accusing the Republicans of pushing legislation that would steal his son’s health coverage.

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That saga evolved this week into a personal back-and-forth between Kimmel and the sponsors of the repeal legislation, Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal billSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal billFinance to hold hearing on ObamaCare repeal billMORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal billSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal billOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisionsMORE (R-S.C.), with each side launching charges that the other misunderstood the substance of the legislation. 

Meeks cited Kimmel’s “celebrity factor” as a wildcard that resonated with the public, perhaps more than the message coming from the Republicans. He compared the dynamics to those that accompanied the rise of President Trump, another television personality who used his fame to climb all the way to the White House.

“It’s ironic, but Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting ClintonTrump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: reportReport: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictmentMORE wouldn’t have gotten away with all the things he got away with if he didn’t have a celebrity factor. This leveled the playing field to a degree,” Meeks said. “To a degree it’s unfortunate that … we idolize celebrities. That’s why someone people want celebrities to endorse their products, because it sells. 

“That’s the society that we live in.” 

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), echoed that message, saying Kimmel’s huge public stage — and touching personal ordeal — kept the pressure on moderate Republicans to oppose their party’s bill. 

“He sways public opinion which then sways debate. And because it was so emotional — to show his family, to show the human side of it — he’s really just going through what everyone else goes through, and how it would affect everyday Americans,” Richmond said.

“I think it just helped put a story and a face with it.”

The Republicans have been struggling all year to make good on a years-long promise to dismantle President Obama’s health-care law, but the Cassidy-Graham proposal had gained steam in recent days. GOP leaders are eying a vote on the bill next week.

But Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate’s defense authorization would set cyber doctrineSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal billOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisionsMORE (R-Ariz.) dealt Trump and GOP leaders an enormous setback on Friday, announcing he “cannot in good conscience” support the GOP’s latest repeal bill despite his friendship with Graham, a co-sponsor.

McCain was the crucial vote that halted the Republicans’ earlier repeal effort in July. In voting no, he cited the absence of both committee hearings on the legislation and the lack of Democratic buy-in. He urged GOP leaders to return to the drawing board to work on a bipartisan plan that followed regular order — and that was the same message he delivered on Friday.

“I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” he said in a statement. 

Kimmel quickly praised McCain as “a hero.”  

With Democrats united against the repeal legislatoin, the Republicans can afford only two GOP defections or the bill is dead.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal billOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisionsLawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping programMORE (R-Ky.) came out last week against the bill, and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal billRyan: Graham-Cassidy ‘best, last chance’ to repeal ObamaCareCollins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort MORE (R-Maine) has told several media outlets that she’s leaning against it. 

It’s unclear what happens next. An undeterred White House responded to McCain’s announcement with the defiant message that the repeal effort will continue. And Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchFinance to hold hearing on ObamaCare repeal billOvernight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North KoreaWeek ahead in finance: Clock ticking for GOP on tax reformMORE (R-Utah), chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, has previously suggested the Republicans could move ObamaCare repeal as part of a tax reform package. 

For the moment, however, the Democrats are claiming a huge victory in their fight to protect the Affordable Care Act. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed Friday that McCain’s opposition lends the Democrats the opportunity to “finally put a stake in the heart of this monstrous bill.” 

The news of McCain’s defection was cheered by the participants of the CBC’s annual issues conference, which was staged this week at Washington’s cavernous Convention Center. When it was announced in a session examining the intersection of hip-hop and politics, “people stood up and clapped,” said Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.). 

Carson praised Kimmel’s role as significant, though he was quick to note that the vocal opposition from activists, health care groups and the social justice movement also played a crucial role in applying pressure to on-the-fence Republicans. 

“Politicians pay attention to two things: money and poll numbers,” Carson said. He also suggested that McCain, recently diagnosed with brain cancer, is looking beyond the next election.   

“Sen. McCain’s a very smart guy, he’s dealt with health challenges in his own life, and he’s seen his constituents suffer,” Carson said.  

“It’s about looking at your legacy.” 

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Tremor Detected Near North Korean Nuclear Test Site – Bloomberg

A tremor struck Saturday close to North Korea’s nuclear test site, though South Korea’s weather agency said it was a natural earthquake.

The tremor occurred at 4:29 p.m. China time with a magnitude of 3.4 and a depth of zero kilometers, the China Earthquake Networks Center said in a statement. South Korea’s weather agency said in a statement on its website that it was not artificially triggered.

People watch TV news reporting North Korea’s earthquake in Seoul on Sept. 23.

Photographer: Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo

The United States Geological Survey put the quake’s magnitude at 3.5 and its depth at 5 kilometers.

North Korea detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear weapon earlier this month at its underground Punggye-ri site northeast of Pyongyang, causing a quake with a magnitude of around 6.3. The move escalated tensions with the U.S. and North Korea’s neighbors, and this week its foreign minister said the regime’s options included testing a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

There have been concerns about the stability of the nuclear test site since the Sept. 3 detonation. Website 38 North said satellite imagery taken after that test appeared to show landslides atop the site that were more numerous and widespread than after the previous five tests.

The website, run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, added the bomb’s 250-kiloton yield was close to what it previously determined was the maximum that could be contained by the test site.

Missile Launches

The Sept. 3 detonation followed two intercontinental ballistic missile launches in July that brought Kim Jong Un’s isolated regime a step closer to achieving its aim of being able to deploy a nuclear warhead over the continental U.S.

On Thursday, North Korea struck back at U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to destroy it, with Kim warning of the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” and his foreign minister suggesting that could include testing a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho spoke to reporters in New York, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly. He said in remarks broadcast on South Korean TV that the countermeasures flagged by Kim might refer to a “strongest-ever” ground-level test of a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific.

His comments came after Trump ordered new sanctions on individuals, companies and banks doing business with North Korea as he sought to further isolate the regime and increase economic pressure for it to curb its weapons programs.

North Korea’s state media issued a statement Saturday from the National Peace Committee of Korea describing Trump as “wicked” and “a rabid dog.”

“He, who cried out the extermination of the Korean nation, is a blood-thirsty beast indulged in massacring,” the Korean Central News Agency cited the statement as saying. “It is necessary not to make Trump, a source of the world’s worst misfortune, survive to run amok and not to make the U.S. exist on this planet as it only inflicts untold suffering and misfortune upon the Korean nation and humankind.”

Earlier this month, Pyongyang fired its second missile in as many months over northern Japan into the Pacific Ocean. Since Kim came to power after the death of his father Kim Jong Il in 2011, he has ramped up nuclear and missile weapon tests.

U.S. analysts now estimate that North Korea may have as many as 60 nuclear weapons, according to a Washington Post report. That’s in addition to cyberwarfare capabilities, a biological weapons research program and a chemical weapons stockpile. It also has a vast array of conventional artillery aimed at Seoul. 

— With assistance by Kanga Kong, Stanley James, Gearoid Reidy, Shinhye Kang, and Andy Sharp

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