TEHRAN (defapress)- North Korea’s state media criticized US President Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-Un, saying the US president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border.
News ID: 67015
Publish Date: 16November 2017 - 17:25
An editorial in the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun
focused its anger on Trump’s visit to South Korea last week, during which he
denounced the North’s "cruel dictatorship” in a speech to legislators in Seoul,
The visit was part of a marathon five-nation Asia tour by
the US president aimed largely at galvanising regional opposition to the
North’s nuclear weapons ambitions.
"The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that
he dared to malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership,” the
"He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced
to death by the Korean people,” it added.
Since becoming president, Trump has engaged in an escalating
war of words with Kim Jong-un, trading personal insults and threats of military
strikes and raising concerns about an outbreak of hostilities.
Towards the end of his Asia tour, he sent a tweet from Hanoi
that took the verbal jousting to a new level, taunting the North Korean leader
over his height and weight.
He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced
to death by the Korean people
"Why would Kim Jong-Un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I
would NEVER call him ‘short and fat’?” he tweeted.
The members of the ruling Kim dynasty, past and present,
enjoy near god-like status in North Korea, which has demonstrated extreme
sensitivity to any remark that might be seen as mocking or disrespectful of the
The editorial also took a dig at Trump’s failure to tour the
demilitarised zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas, a traditional stop-off for
senior US officials visiting the South.
Trump’s helicopter taking him to the DMZ had turned back
after just five minutes due to bad weather – an explanation the newspaper
"It wasn’t the weather,” the editorial said: "He was just
too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops.”