By Kanach Peterson
President Donald Trump has been “sentenced to death” by North Korean state media for his comments against North Korea’s leader earlier in the week. Rodong Sinmun, the ruling party newspaper, referred to President Trump’s tweets made near the end of his tour in which he states that he would “never call him short and fat.” An editorial in the newspaper published an opinion piece calling the US president a “coward” for cancelling a visit to the North Korean border, The Guardian reports. Trump’s visit to the demilitarized zone or DMZ was cut short after reports of bad weather forced his to turn back after just five minutes.
“It wasn’t the weather,” the editorial said: “He was just too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops.”
This opinion piece came in response to President Trump’s visit in South Korea on a five-nation tour of Asia by the US president. During his visit to South Korea he took several opportunities to denounce North Korea’s “cruel dictatorship” in a speech to legislatures in Seoul.
“The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership,” the editorial said.
“He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people,” it added.
Since his election in 2016, Trump has continually been engaged in an escalating war of words with Kim Jong Un. From interactions including personal insults to military threats all while raising concern about hostilities.
These recent insults followed a day of insults from the North Korean government directed at Trump. “Mr Trump is trying to demonize and undermine North Korea’s push for nuclear weapons,” North Korea’s foreign ministry said in a statement. Other insults included calling President Trump a “warmonger” and suggesting that his tour of Asia was “designed for confrontation.”
North Korea’s foreign ministry also commented on Trump’s tour stating, Mr. Trump “laid bare his true nature as destroyer of world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula.”
“Reckless remarks by a dotard like Trump will never scare us or put a stop to our advance,” the statement said. Instead, Trump’s trip has pushed the country “to speed up the effort to complete our nuclear force.”