SEOUL: North Korea has threatened to renew referring to US president Donald Trump as a “dotard”, elevating the prospect of a return to a struggle of phrases with a negotiating deadline approaching.
Pyongyang has set Washington an finish-of-yr time restrict to supply it new concessions in deadlocked nuclear negotiations, and has mentioned it is going to undertake an unspecified “new way” if nothing acceptable is forthcoming.
Trump and North Korean chief Kim Jong Un — whose nations and their allies fought one another to a standstill within the 1950-53 Korean Battle — engaged in mutual insults and threats of devastation in 2017, sending tensions hovering earlier than a diplomatic rapprochement the next yr.
However denuclearisation negotiations have been at a standstill since a summit in Hanoi broke up in February.
Trump on Tuesday indicated navy motion was nonetheless potential when he was requested about Pyongyang on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Britain.
“He definitely likes sending rockets up, doesn’t he? That’s why I call him ‘Rocket Man’,” Trump mentioned, reprising one of his beforehand favoured nicknames for Kim.
Pyongyang reacted stiffly late Thursday, with vice international minister Choe Son Hui saying the feedback had been made with “no courtesy when referring to the supreme leadership… of the DPRK”.
“If this is meant to make expressions, reminiscent of those days just two years ago when a war of words was fought across the ocean… it will be a very dangerous challenge,” she mentioned in an announcement carried by the North’s state information company KCNA.
Referring to Trump by identify and reprising Kim’s personal beforehand most well-liked insult, she mentioned that any repetition “must really be diagnosed as the relapse of the dotage of a dotard”.
North Korea’s feedback got here a day after it warned that if the US used navy pressure in opposition to the North it will take “prompt corresponding actions at any level” within the occasion of navy motion by Washington.
On the Nato summit, Trump mentioned: “We have the most powerful military we’ve ever had, and we’re by far the most powerful country in the world.”
“Hopefully, we don’t have to use it, but if we do, we’ll use it. If we have to, we’ll do it,” he added.
KCNA, identified for its flamboyant and typically antiquated language, has beforehand labelled former US President George W. Bush a “half-baked man”, ex-South Korean chief Park Geun-hye a “crafty prostitute”, and known as former US chief Barack Obama her “pimp”.
The North has issued a sequence of more and more assertive feedback in latest weeks as its negotiating time restrict approaches. Kim’s New Yr speech, a key political set-piece within the remoted nation, can also be due on January 1.
On Wednesday one other Pyongyang official mentioned, in response to Trump’s feedback made Tuesday, the use of armed forces is “not the privilege of the US only”.



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