Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee ripped into the North Korean leader while speaking on Fox News, branding him “seriously delusional” and “seriously crazy”.
It comes after South Korean officials claimed the missile blew up immediately after the launch following Kim’s military parade to mark the 105th birthday of his grandfather.
Speaking about the tensions after the US dropped a MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast) bomb on an ISIS tunnel in Nangahar, Mr Huckabee said: “I think there’s a saying we say down here in the south – he just ain’t right.
“And we’re talking about Kim Jong-un. It’s fair to say, he just ain’t right. This is not a person who is rational, he does not think in the terms of statecraft, he thinks in the terms of publicity and showing off.
Mike Huckabee branded Kim Jong-un "seriously crazy" on Fox News
I think there’s a saying we say down here in the south – he just ain’t right
“And so when he sees tomahawks hitting Syria, he sees MOAB hitting Afghanistan, he’s not getting much attention.
“So he decides he’s going to make a power play so he has this big parade and military exercise on the 105th birthday of his grandfather and then he decides he’s going to light the candle on a missile and show us how tough he is. The only problem is the missile blows up on the pad.”
Despite the rant, Mr Huckabee insisted Kim remained a “serious” threat to the rest of the world.
He said: “This is a guy we have to take seriously – not because he is serious – but because he is seriously delusional, seriously crazy and would seriously use whatever weapon he could get his hands on.
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The US military's largest non-nuclear bomb killed dozens of Islamic State militants as it smashed their mountain hideouts, Afghan officials said April 14, ruling out any civilian casualties despite the weapon's destructive capacity. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb dubbed the 'Mother Of All Bombs' hit IS positions in Achin district in eastern Nangarhar province
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“And that makes him a threat, not just to South Korea but to the entire planet.”
Tensions have been escalating since North Korea’s state agency KCNA warned against “serious military hysteria” and said US military action in Afghanistan “could not be overlooked”.
US Vice President has since called Kim’s attempt to launch a nuclear missile a “provocation”.
Speaking to American military personnel in South Korea, Mr Pence said: "This morning's provocation from the North is just the latest reminder of the risks each one of you face every day in the defence of the freedom of the people of South Korea and the defence of America in this part of the world.
"In these troubled times in this part of the world, your courage and your valour still amazes the American people."