North Korea has issued another death threat against President Donald Trump. It's part of an ongoing war of words between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In the latest round of insults, a Korean state-run newspaper on Sunday called Trump an "old lunatic" for comments he made about North Korea during his recent trip to Seoul. The authoritarian state believes Trump's comments were a crime and he cannot be "pardoned."
The outlet went on to say the U.S. will be sorry for "letting such a depraved and stupid guy occupy the Oval Office."
What is the Kim regime upset about?
Kim Jong Un and his state-run media are still upset over Trump describing North Korea as a cruel dictatorship.
North Korea is "one of the most repressive authoritarian states in world, ruled for seven decades by the Kim family and the Worker’s Party of Korea," according to the nonprofit Human Rights Group.
North Korea has used public executions, forced labor, forced abortions, arbitrary imprisonment, torture and travel restrictions to smack its citizenry into submission. People can face persecution for their religious beliefs. When Kim Jong Il died in 2011, North Koreans held a public mourning ceremony that was considered as an act of survival and not a genuine expression of grief.
During his recent speech at the South Korean National Assembly, Trump described North Korea as "hell" and urged Kim to stop pursuing nuclear weapons.
“The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership,” a North Korean editorial stated in response. “He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people."
Trump responded with trademark sarcasm on Twitter:
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so… https://t.co/PmsWNkH4r4— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1510447681.0
"Why would Kim Jong Un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?' Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!"
The two have sparred verbally as North Korea threatens to level a nuclear strike against the U.S.
What else is going on?
North Korean is also apparently building a ballistic missile submarine. Experts from the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University are analyzing commercial satellite images that show what appears to be a submarine. The completed project will likely lack the technology found in rival submarines.
Recent commercial satellite imagery shows continued construction and activity at the Sinpo South Shipyard, indicati… https://t.co/gdpVDC6BDY— 38 North (@38 North)1510874278.0
Early Monday, Trump had not taken to Twitter to answer the latest round of threats.