President Donald Trump is an “old lunatic” who will not be “pardoned” for his insults and crimes against Kim Jong Un’s regime, Minju Joson, a state-run North Korean newspaper, said Sunday.
The newspaper said Trump’s statements about North Korea during his recent visit to Seoul were “a load of rubbish” and “all nonsense.”
“[Trump] insulted the state and social system of [North Korea] and the life of its people” the state-run paper added. “This thrice-cursed crime can never be pardoned. Trump had better pay heed to the despicable plight of his country, the dark empire of evils under woldiwide criticism, before poking his nose into others’ things.”
The North Korean paper said the U.S. will regret “letting such a depraved and stupid guy occupy the Oval Office.”
Last week, Trump returned from a 12-day trip to Asia, during which he focused heavily on the heightened tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program and long-range missile tests.
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Directing his words at Kim during a speech before South Korea’s National Assembly on November 7, Trump said, “The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer. They are putting your regime in grave danger. Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.”
“North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned. It is a hell that no person deserves,” Trump added.
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been engaged in a war of words in recent months. Getty Images
As he traveled across Asia in early November, Trump’s rhetoric toward Pyongyang was slightly toned down compared to that of recent months. Over the summer, for example, Trump warned North Korea it would be met with “fire and fury” if it continued to threaten the U.S.
During his Asia trip, however, Trump offered Kim a path to peace if he agreed to stop testing long-range missiles and embrace denuclearization. But North Korea has rejected all such suggestions.
Pyongyang said Trump “begged” for nuclear war, and a state-run newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, said he would be “sentenced to death” for his insults toward the regime.
Sunday’s commentary from Minju Joson is also not the first time Trump has been referred to as “old” by the regime in recent weeks. Near the end of his Asia trip, North Korea referred to Trump as a “dotard,” an isulting term meant to apply to an old, senile person.
Trump responded in a saracastic tweet: “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”
John Haltiwanger, Newsweek
The 21st Century
[The article was originally published in the Newsweek.]