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SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
Kim Jong Un and his administration are reaching the end. If North Korea's foreign minister hoped to draw a response from U.S. President Donald Trump with his Saturday speech to the U.N. General Assembly, he succeeded. "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N.," the president tweeted late Saturday. "If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!"
The president was referring to Ri Yong Ho, who on Saturday called Trump "a mentally deranged person full of megalomania," and promised that a strike on the U.S. mainland was "inevitable." "Little Rocket Man" was Trump's now-infamous label for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The Pentagon said B-1B bombers from Guam, along
with F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international
airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday. Unlike on previous
so-called "show of force" missions, the U.S. aircraft were not accompanied
by South Korean or Japanese planes. B-1 bombers are no longer part of the
U.S. nuclear force, but they are capable of dropping large numbers of conventional
bombs. U.S. Pacific Command would not be more specific about many
years it had been since U.S. bombers and fighters had flown that far north
of the DMZ, but Benham noted that this century "encompasses the period
North Korea has been testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons."