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N. Korea: Trump Is an 'Erratic Old Man'

He's also 'bereft of patience'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 9, 2019 9:50 AM CST
In this June 30, 2019, file photo, President Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone. North Korea has again insulted Trump, calling...   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – North Korea insulted President Trump again on Monday, saying his tweets clearly show he's an irritated old man "bereft of patience." Per ex-nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol, "[Trump] is such a heedless and erratic old man, the time when we cannot but call him a 'dotard' again may come." This, the AP notes, is in response to a Trump tweet on Sunday: "Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way ... North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, has tremendous economic potential, but it must denuclearize as promised." He was referring to a vague statement issued by the two leaders during their first summit in Singapore in June 2018 that called for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. Trump added Kim "does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November."

Countered Kim Yong Chol: "Trump has too many things that he does not know about [North Korea]. We have nothing more to lose. Though the US may take away anything more from us, it can never remove the strong sense of self-respect, might, and resentment against the US from us." The North appears to be running out of patience: Kim has said North Korea will seek a "new way" if the US maintains its sanctions and pressure, and issued the deadline for the Trump administration to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal. Days ago, Choe Son Hui, the first vice foreign minister, issued a similar threat to resume insulting Trump after he spoke during a NATO summit in London of possible military action toward the North and revived his "Rocket Man" nickname for Kim Jong Un. On Sunday, the Academy of National Defense Science said a “very important test” was conducted at a long-range rocket facility.

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