North Korea has lambasted President Donald Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, renewing its description of him as a ‘dotard’ in a statement released Saturday on state media.
Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un have traded threats of war and personal insults in recent months as tensions remain high over the North’s missile and nuclear threats.
Now the hermit state has joined near-universal condemnation of the president’s decision on Jerusalem, calling it a ‘reckless, wicked act’.
‘Considering the fact that the mentally deranged dotard openly called for a total destruction of a sovereign state at the UN, this action is not so surprising’, a foreign ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the state-run KCNA news agency.
‘But this move clearly shows to the whole world who is the destroyer of world peace and security, pariah and rogue in the international community’, he said, using epithets usually reserved for the North.
A WAY WITH WORDS? WHAT IS A DOTARD?
The obscure term traces its origins to the 14th century, and although Shakespeare and JRR Tolkien used it, it is rarely heard these days.
In the original Korean version, which is often much bolder than the official KCNA English declarations, the ‘dotard’ quote can be more directly translated as calling Trump an ‘old lunatic’.
Observers joke that much of KCNA’s English seems to have been sourced with the help of an ancient dictionary.
Previously, when they used the insult in September, ‘#dotard’ began trending on Twitter and memes started popping up poking fun at the man on the receiving end of Kim’s antiquated burn.
Trump’s declaration Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv sparked anger across the Muslim world, and drew expressions of concern and disapproval from US allies.
Trump has previously warned Pyongyang of ‘fire and fury’, telling the UN General Assembly that Washington would ‘totally destroy North Korea’ if it had to defend itself or its allies.
Trump dubbed Kim ‘Rocket Man’ in the same speech — Pyongyang has tested missiles apparently capable of reaching much of the US mainland — and days later Kim responded with a personal statement calling him a ‘dotard’, an obscure term for a weak or senile old man.
According to the latest KCNA statement, the North ‘strongly condemns’ the US move to recognise Jerusalem as capital, and expressed ‘firm support and solidarity for Palestinians and Arab peoples struggling to win their legitimate rights’.
‘The US will be held accountable for all consequences from this reckless, wicked act’, it added.