North Korea’s state media says that President Trump deserves the death penalty for mocking Kim Jong Un, the Asian nation’s leader.
“The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership,” an editorial in Rodong Sinmun, the ruling political party in North Korea’s newspaper, said Wednesday.
“He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people,” the publication added, according to The Guardian.
The editorial also taunted Trump’s failure to tour the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea during his recent tour of Asia.
Trump’s helicopter to the DMZ turned back last week due to poor weather, preventing him from making a traditional stop for top U.S. officials while in South Korea.
“It wasn’t the weather,” the editorial said. “He was just too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops.”
Trump’s 12-day trek through Asia ended Wednesday, and the president’s travels were heavily focused on halting North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons before he returned to the U.S.
The president last Saturday responded to Kim’s latest round of name-calling against him tweet vowing he would never call the foreign leader “’short and fat.’”
“Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Trump tweeted.
“Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!” Trump added from Hanoi, Vietnam.
North Korean state media called Trump a “lunatic old man” in the latest escalation of tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, D.C.
Trump has repeatedly called Kim “Rocket Man” this year over the North Korean leader’s quest for improved ballistic missile technology and nuclear arms.