U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech to South Korean lawmakers last week was a “declaration of war” against the DPRK, North Korean state media on Wednesday claimed.
The Rodong Sinmun, the main organ of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), condemned Donald Trump’s 12-day trip through Asia, claiming in a Korean-language commentary that the President had “roamed around Asian countries, including South Korea, like a crazy dog.”
The newspaper particularly denounced Trump’s speech at South Korea’s National Assembly, describing it as a “synthesization of absurd nonsense and villainous and unreasonable remarks against the DPRK that he talked on Twitter at any time.”
“The Trump’s ludicrous statements that he made at the everywhere he reached is the final affirmation of the White House’s hostile policy against the DPRK,” it said.
“[It] can be only seen as the complete denial of our country’s existence itself and avowed declaration of war that would not allow the survival of our people.”
North Korean media and officials frequently accuse the U.S. of having made a “declaration of war” against their country.
Foreign minister Ri Yong Ho claimed in September that Trump had declared war on the DPRK, and the phrase has appeared over 200 times in Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) English language articles since 1997.
Wednesday’s edition of the Rodong Sinmun said Trump had committed four different “crimes,” with the first being that “he dared to slanderously insult the dignity of our supreme leader.”
The U.S. President attacked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the speech, saying the country was ruled “under the banner of tyranny, fascism, and oppression.”
He also spoke directly to Kim, warning him that his continued pursuit of nuclear weapons was putting his regime “in grave danger.”
“Trump should know that he became a hideous criminal who was sentenced to death from our people, as the old bluffer like an insect and a miser who only know about money ignorantly and immorally thrust his finger into the sun of the sky,” the Rodong Sinmun responded.
“Trump should pay a dear price at any time for committing crimes which should be punished by Heaven.”
The President’s second crime was to “atrociously slander” the DPRK and its political system, the editorial claimed.
The article listed some phrases that Trump used to describe the North, including “military cult”, “dictatorship,” and “prison state,” slamming the President as a “mental patient” and an “ignorant gangster who doesn’t know the truth and rules of the history.”
The cancellation of a scheduled visit to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) by Trump was also a target of criticism, as was the President’s condemnation of North Korea’s human rights situation.
Trump’s speech saw the President, referring to North Korea’s songbun system of social class, condemn the DPRK for ranking its citizens “based on the most arbitrary indications of their allegiance to the state.”
“It reminds us not of the speech of the President of ‘the superpower,’ but of the nonsense of the rubbishy traitor who gives up being human,” the Rodong said.
The President’s fourth crime, it added, was that he “ said thoughtlessly that he would crush the North to death with the force of violence and oppression,” citing Trump’s warning to Pyongyang that it should not “underestimate us, and do not try us.”
During his visit to South Korea last week, the U.S. President reiterated his goal to achieve what he called “peace through strength,” citing the ongoing presence of three of the world’s largest aircraft carriers in the vicinity of the Korean peninsula.
In the North’s first response to Trump’s lengthy Asia trip, a spokesperson for the DPRK Foreign Ministry on Saturday said that Trump had “begged for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula.”
“It is also nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the U.S. defense industry by milking the moneybags from its subordinate ‘allies’,” the spokesperson said, in comments carried by KCNA.
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