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Trump calls North Korean leader a "maniac"

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 01:35

At a rally in Iowa, U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calls Kim Jong Un a maniac and says the North Korean leader ''really does have nukes.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un 'a maniac.' Speaking at a campaign rally in Iowa on Saturday, Trump said, "If you look at North Korea this guy he is a maniac, okay. And you have to give him credit. how many young guys - he was like 25 or 26 when his father died -- take over these tough generals it is pretty amazing if you think about it... He wiped out the uncle. He wiped out this one that one. He really does have missiles, really does have nukes." Trump went on to say China should take the lead in tackling North Korea after that country alarmed the international community by saying it successfully tested a hydrogen nuclear device. "China can handle the problem. I want them to handle it. We don't have to handle everything; we handle everything we don't have to. I will get China to handle the problem. If they don't handle the problem we have to take it up on trade you know, it's going to be very costly for them if they don't handle the problem but I wouldn't say that because I would never want to threaten anybody, Ok, never, under any circumstances, I never want to threaten. So I won't threaten them. I'm just telling you that they will do it and they should do it," Trump said during campaign rally in Iowa. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un maintained that Wednesday's test was of a hydrogen bomb and said it was a self-defensive step against a U.S. threat of nuclear war. North Korea's fourth nuclear test angered both China, its main ally, and the United States, although the U.S. government and weapons experts doubt the North's claim that the device was a hydrogen bomb. The United States deployed a B-52 bomber on a low-level flight over its ally South Korea on Sunday (January 10), in a show of force following North Korea's nuclear test last week. The B-52, based in Guam and capable of carrying nuclear weapons, was flanked by two fighter planes, a U.S. F-16 and a South Korean F-15, in a low flight over Osan Air Base, before returning to Guam, the U.S. military said in a statement. Osan is south of Seoul and roughly 100 km (62 miles) from the North Korean border. Experts believe the North's nuclear test, which produced a seismic tremor of 5.1, too small to be a proper hydrogen bomb test, was designed to set the stage for a rare general meeting later this year of its ruling Workers' Party, the first since 1980. After the North's last test, in 2013, the United States sent a pair of nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers over South Korea. At the time, the North responded by threatening a nuclear attack on the United States. The two Koreas remain in a technical state of war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, and the United States has about 28,500 troops based in South Korea. Earlier on Sunday, North Korea's state news agency KCNA quoted Kim as saying no one had the right to criticize its nuclear tests.

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Trump calls North Korean leader a "maniac"

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 01:35