North Korea calls Donald Trump a 'thoughtless and sneaky old man'

9 December 2019, 13:21

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. Picture: PA

By Maddie Goodfellow

North Korea has called President Trump a "heedless and erratic old man" in response to his twitter threats against Kim Jong Un.

The country stated they will "not cave in to US pressure" after Donald Trump said on Twitter that Kim Jong Un would risk the relationship between the two countries if he resumes "hostile acts."

The comments come after the President tweeted: "Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore.

"He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the US Presidential Election in November.

"North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, has tremendous economic potential, but it must denuclearize as promised. NATO, China, Russia, Japan, and the entire world is unified on this issue!"

The tweet refers to the 2018 summit between the two countries held in Singapore, which called for a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.

The President took to Twitter after North Korea announced they had completed a "successful test of great significance" at its rocket launch site.

The two leaders engaged in talks earlier this year
The two leaders engaged in talks earlier this year. Picture: PA

Speaking on Korean state media, one of North Korea's senior officials, Kim Yong Chol, accused President Trump of attempting to buy time before the deadline to restart nuclear talks between the two nations, which comes around at the end of this year.

He said that Mr Trump's tweets clearly show that he is "an irritated old man bereft of patience."

"As Trump is such a heedless and erratic old man, the time when we cannot but call him a 'dotard' again may come," he continued.

Kim Yong Chol's added: "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 comments come after President Trump met with Kim Jong Un at two nuclear summits this year.

However, talks broke down at both of these.