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North Korea and U.S. Are At a War of Words, Thanks to Trump

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North Korea and U.S. Are At a War of Words, Thanks to Trump

2019-12-06 17:16:13

By Chanel Adams,  Image source: : Dave Scavino/Twitter

It’s no secret that President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are on the outs again. North Korea has since revived the “dotard” insult following Trump’s “rocket man” comments. It seems like a new war on words between the two leaders. When Trump spoke to reporters on Thursday, Dec. 5, he brought back his old nickname for the North Korean leader. He called him “rocket man” once again when he was asked about relations between U.S. and North Korea.

That doesn’t seem like a terrific response to a serious question. In retaliation, North Korea threatened to continue insulting President Trump and will call him a “dotard” if he keeps up this language, according to a report via CBS News. Choe Son Hui, the first vice foreign minister, released a hasty warning to Trump after he revived his “rocket man” comments for North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un. He brought back the name just in time as the deadline for nuclear diplomacy between the two countries nears.

North Korea has announced that it would lift its moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests if the Trump administration failed to make any concessions in nuclear diplomacy before the end of the year. In addition, North Korea said that the U.S. must choose what “Christmas gift” they will receive from North Korea. This statement came after North Korea placed more pressure on Washington and Seoul before leader Kim Jong Un’s deadline for the U.S. to come up with an acceptable term for a deal.

Negotiations fell through since the summit between Kim and President Trump that took place earlier this year. The U.S. rejected North Korea’s demands for broader sanctions in exchange for surrender of some of its nuclear capabilities. The meeting also increased tensions between the two once again. Additional talks that took place in Sweden back in October was what the North Koreans described as the Americans’ “old stance and attitude,” according to another CBS News report. North Korea has no plans to continue nuclear diplomacy if it doesn’t receive something substantial in return.

"The dialogue touted by the U.S. is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the D.P.R.K bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the U.S." Ri Thae Son, a vice foreign minister handling U.S. affairs, said at the time. “What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get.”

Kim has said he would seek a “new path” if the U.S. continues with its ongoing pressure and sanctions. North Korea has already tested a series of new solid-fuel missile systems in the past few months, which allowed it to strike targets in South Korea and Japan. Trump’s comments about Kim Jong Un also added more fuel to the fire. Choe Sun Hui said that the remarks “prompted waves of hatred of our people against the U.S.” since they showed “no courtesy when referring to the supreme leadership of dignity” of North Korea.

North Korea warns that it will not only fire back with more missiles, but it’ll also fire back with harsher language if Trump keeps up his comments. Trump’s “rocket man” comments were obviously about Kim Jong Un’s fondness for nuclear weapons. Kim Jong Un is firing back, calling the U.S. president a “dotard,” which is known as an old person who’s physically weak or whose mental abilities have declined, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

“If any language and expressions stoking the atmosphere of confrontation are used once again … that must be really diagnosed as the relapse of the dotage of a dotard,” Choe added.”

North Korea’s military chief, Pak Jong Chun, revealed on Wednesday that the force used against the North could cause “horrible” consequences for the U.S. North Korea may “prompt corresponding actions at any level” if the U.S. pursues military action. But during his visit to London on Tuesday, Trump claimed his relationship with Kim was “really good.” In that same sentence, he also asked for Kim to follow-up on his promise to denuclearize.

“We have the most powerful military we ever had, and we are by far the most powerful country in the world and hopefully we don’t have to use it,” Trump threatened. “But if we do, we will use it.”

That’s when Trump said that Kim “likes sending rockets up, doesn’t he? That’s why I call him rocket man.”

Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien said on Thursday night that the U.S. is hopeful that a deal can be reached with North Korea by the end of the year. However, he didn’t want to say he was “optimistic,” he just hopes the two countries can come to a deal.

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