Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

North Korea threatens to resume calling Trump ‘dotard’

North Korea threatens to resume calling Trump ‘dotard’

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.

Choe said the foreign ministry "cannot contain its displeasure toward President Trump's remark that was blurted out in an inappropriate manner at a highly sensitive time".

She says Trump will "again show the senility of a dotard" if he continues to make such comments and shows that he is intentionally provoking North Korea.

The comments came as prospects dim for a resumption of nuclear diplomacy between the two countries.

Choe Son Hui, the first vice foreign minister, issued the warning via state media days after Trump spoke of possible military action toward the North and revived his "rocket man" nickname for North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un.

North Korea responded angrily on Thursday by threatening to call Trump a senile dotard.

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"The dialogue touted by the US is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the US", Ri said, using the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. He added that "That's why I call him a rocket man".

On Wednesday, the North's military chief, Pak Jong Chon, also warned that the use of force against the North would cause a "horrible" effect for the Americans.

Meanwhile, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Heino Klinck said in Washington on Wednesday that the U.S. has never taken the military option off the table regarding North Korea.

Since earlier this year, North Korea has carried out test-firings of what appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions banning it from developing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun said the year-end deadline was an artificial one, but could mean a return to "provocative" steps that preceded the past two years of diplomacy. 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". But he said the close relationship between Kim and Trump could prevent a confrontation.

Trump and Kim then agreed to restart working-level talks during a brief meeting at the Demilitarised Zone dividing the peninsula in June.

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