After two years of diplomacy, the U.S. and North Korea are back at it again with a volley of fresh verbal attacks.
Although neither side seems to be using fresh material.
At the NATO summit in London on Tuesday (December 3), President Donald Trump said this about Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un: (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "He definitely likes sending rockets up, doesn't he?
That's why I call him 'Rocket Man'" Trump first called Kim 'Rocket Man' back in 2017 during a war of words that made global news headlines.
North Korea on Thursday (December 5) responded by pulling out a classic: a top diplomat called Trump a "dotard" - that's someone who is old and weak.
The official warned the U.S. president not to call Kim 'Rocket Man' again.
In a statement released on state media, she said, "If any language or expressions stoking an atmosphere of confrontation are used again on purpose at such a crucial moment, it must be diagnosed as the relapse of a dotard back into senility." She seemed to be referring to the first time Trump was thus insulted, by Kim himself in 2017.
Since then, the two leaders have met face to face on several occasions, and even shown some camaraderie.
But relations are starting to look frosty once again.
The U.S. wants the North to scrap its nuclear and ballistic missile programs while the North is demanding the U.S. drop punishing sanctions, continuing, in the meantime, to test its own weapon systems. Kim has warned that the U.S. has until the end of the year to offer more concessions, or he could take a "new path": a threat that analysts told Reuters may mean a return to testing nuclear weapons.
Kim Jong-un has praised North Korea’s military for rebuilding a typhoon-hit village “as a socialist fairyland”.
The Supreme Leader was visiting an area in the south of the country, which has recently been struck by three typhoons.
After vanishing from public view and ongoing speculation about his health, Kim has made a series of appearances while leading the recovery efforts.
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North Korea has mobilised thousands of workers from its capital Pyongyang to help the nation’s countryside regions recently struck by a powerful typhoon.
After surveying the damage, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wrote an open letter to members of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang, urging them to volunteer in the recovery effort.
About 12,000 people answered his call, attending a ceremony outside the Kumsusan Palace in the capital, where the bodies of past leaders Kim Il Sung and Kimg Jong Il are kept.
The communist country is reeling from three typhoons and a storm in just a month, on top of a self-imposed international lockdown against Covid-19. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited areas struck by a typhoon and called for 12,000 workers from the capital Pyongyang to join in the recovery efforts.
North Korean state-run TV showed footage of Kim and other officials surveying the damage in a rural and coastal area in South Hamgyong province.
According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim said that "the conditions of the overall coastline of our country are poor and sea dikes were not properly built.”
State media did not report any injuries or deaths, but the country’s main newspaper said that local officials will be “gravely punished” for failing to evacuate residents. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
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