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Kim Jong Un, taking on Trump, makes it personal

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23.09.2017

So much for keeping the U.S.-North Korea crisis a country-to-country war of words. North Korea's dictator, taking his cue from America's president, has made it a decidedly personal matter.

Put aside for a moment the name-calling — "Rocket Man" from Donald Trump earlier this week, "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" from Kim Jong Un in comments released Friday. What really stands out is the overall tone of Kim's first-person response — the first of its kind from the North, Seoul says.

The North Korean leader's personal warning is aimed directly at Trump. Despite plenty of insults, for the most part it avoids the breathless histrionics that mark typical North Korean screeds even as it lays out what much of the world will see as a frightening vision.

North Korean leaders have long let their slavish state media and lower-level officials carry the burden of releasing regular threats to destroy Washington, Seoul and Tokyo. That was before the arrival of Trump.

The president's repeated attempts to challenge Kim, using language remarkably similar to that typically found in North........

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