North Korea’s state media has said U.S. President Donald Trump deserves the death penalty for insulting dictator Kim Jong-Un in a tweet.
Last week, the President took to his preferred social media channel to air his grievance that Kim had called him ‘old’, adding that he had refrained from calling the North Korean dictator ‘short and fat’.
In response, North Korean Workers’ Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun wrote that Trump had now been ‘sentenced to death by the Korean people’.
‘The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership,’ the editorial said.
‘He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people,’ it added.
Since becoming president, Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with Kim Jong-Un, trading personal insults and threats of military strikes and raising concerns about an outbreak of hostilities.
Towards the end of his Asia tour, Trump sent a tweet from Hanoi that took the verbal jousting to a new level, taunting the North Korean leader over his height and weight.
‘Why would Kim Jong-Un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat’?’ he tweeted.