Trump is ‘sentenced to death’ for insulting Kim Jong Un, say North Korean media

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
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  • A North Korean state-run news agency says US President Donald Trump’s attacks on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have gone too far.
  • The newspaper Rodong Sinmun called Trump a “hideous criminal” in an editorial.
  • It said he had been “sentenced to death by the Korean people” after a speech in Seoul during which Trump attacked the North Korean government’s “tyranny, fascism, and oppression.”
  • Trump also recently used Twitter to call Kim “short and fat.”

US President Donald Trump has “spouted a load of rubbish” against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and is a “hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people,” North Korean state media said.

In a Wednesday editorial, the newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Trump “dared malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership” of North Korea and its socialist economic system.

It said he painted “a black picture of the happy life of the great Korean people” in a speech to South Korea’s National Assembly last week.

KCNA, another North Korean state-run news agency, published parts of the editorial.

Trump told South Korean lawmakers last week that North Korean leaders were stifling citizens “under the banner of tyranny, fascism, and oppression,” and that “an estimated 100,000 North Koreans suffer in gulags, toiling in forced labor and enduring torture, starvation, rape, and murder on a constant basis.”

The Rodong Sinmun editorial said, “Trump, who is no more than an old slave of money, dared point an accusing finger at the sun,” possibly referring to Trump’s gesture during a solar eclipse in August.

It continued: “He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people. He will be forced to pay dearly for his blasphemy any moment … The Korean people will regard the face of Trump as a symbol of wolf-like US imperialism and as a target of merciless retaliation and send him to the hell he likes so much to tout.”

Trump pointing toward the sky during the solar eclipse in August.

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Trump pointing toward the sky during the solar eclipse in August.
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On Saturday, Trump lamented that Kim had called him “old,” calling the North Korean leader “short and fat.”

Trump has recently escalated his fiery rhetoric against Pyongyang and its nuclear provocations, though in his Seoul speech he said he wanted to attain “peace through strength.”

Rodong Sinmun said in its editorial that “rabid dog’s barking can never frighten the Korean people,” echoing a remark by North Korea’s foreign minister earlier this year that Trump’s anti-Pyongyang speeches were like a “dog barking.”

In Korean, a dog dream refers to an absurd fantasy that makes little sense.