North Korea again blasts ‘dotard’ Trump over Jerusalem announcement
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North Korea again blasts ‘dotard’ Trump over Jerusalem announcement

PYONGYANG has again referred to US President Donald Trump as a “dotard” over his “wicked” act of recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Last Wednesday, Trump declared the US would be recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving its embassy there in the coming years, sparking angry protests across the Muslim world and criticism from staunch US allies including the United Kingdom and France.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Mount Paektu in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, on Dec 9, 2017. Source: KCNA/via Reuters

“Considering the fact the mentally deranged dotard openly called for a total destruction of a sovereign state at the UN, this action is not so surprising,” said a Foreign Ministry spokesman as quoted by the state-run KCNA news agency (via AFP) on Saturday.

“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.”

Most countries consider East Jerusalem to be occupied territory, given it was annexed by Israel after 1967. Palestinians want East Jerusalem to become the capital city if they achieve an independent state.

It is not the first time that North Korea has referred to Trump as a dotard, a term referring to somebody in a stage of life where their mental capacity is declining.

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US Vice-President Mike Pence stands by as Trump signs a proclamation that states the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, at the White House in Washington, US, on Dec 6, 2017. Source: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

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Responding to Trump’s threats to “totally destroy” North Korea in September, the country’s leader Kim Jong Un said: “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.”

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry spokesman also 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 said.