North Korea’s official news agency responded Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s controversial “nuclear button tweet,” describing it as the “the spasm of a lunatic,” according to AP.
“The spasm of Trump in the new year reflects the desperate mental state of a loser who failed to check the vigorous advance of the army and people of the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] … He is making [a] bluff only to be diagnosed as a psychopath,” said a commentary in country’s ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun, summarized by the official state news agency.
North Korean media were referring to the U.S. president’s response to Kim’s New Year’s Day taunt two weeks ago that his nuclear button was always on his desk. Trump tweeted on Jan. 3 that his “nuclear button” was “much bigger & more powerful” than the North Korean leader’s. He went on to threaten that the U.S. arsenal “works.”
Pyongyang still agreed later on to high-level talks with Seoul which has raised hopes over an improvement of relations with South Korea.
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