North Korea threatens to resume calling Trump ‘dotard’

Cheryl Sanders
December 5, 2019

Should US President Donald Trump call North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" again, that would represent a "very risky challenge" reminiscent of two years ago, a senior North Korean official warned on Thursday (Dec 5).

US President Donald Trump's comments on military force and the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, would represent "a very unsafe challenge" if they were meant to provoke Pyongyang, a top North Korean diplomat said on Thursday.

Choe said on Thursday her ministry "cannot contain its displeasure" over Trump's comments.

She said North Korea will respond with its own harsh language if Trump again uses similar phrases and shows that he is intentionally provoking North Korea.

The two countries do not maintain diplomatic relations.

Trump said on Tuesday he still had confidence in the North Korean leader but noted that Kim "likes sending rockets up".

Trump also said this week that the United States is prepared to use its military against North Korea if it has to, which has also angered Pyongyang.

North Korea is threatening to resume insults of U.S. President Donald Trump and consider him a "dotard" if he keeps using words that provoke the North.

"One thing I would like to make clear is that the use of armed forces is not the privilege of the U.S. only", Park Jong-chon, chief of the general staff of the Korean People's Army, said in a statement.

This yr noticed quite a few short-range ballistic missile launches by North Korea, and Kim has warned that the U.S. has till the tip of the yr to alter its stance or he might take an unspecified "new path". "But if we do, we will use it". He added that "That's why I call him a rocket man".

Since then Trump and Kim have met 3 times, however negotiations over North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile arsenal have stalled amid disagreements and rising tensions.

In 2017, Trump and Kim traded threats of destruction as North Korea carried out a slew of high-profile weapons tests aimed at acquiring an ability to launch nuclear strikes on the US mainland. Trump said he would rain "fire and fury" on North Korea and derided Kim as "little rocket man", while Kim questioned Trump's sanity and said he would "tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire".

"It's hard to predict because it could go either way", said Duyeon Kim, senior adviser on Northeast Asia and nuclear policy to the International Crisis Group. Three inter-Korean summits past year persuaded Kim that he had a firm pledge from Moon that joint U.S. However, its nuclear diplomacy has been largely blocked since its second meeting in Vietnam ended in February due to disputes over US-led sanctions against North Korea without agreement.

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