Trump gets 'death sentence' from North Korea for insulting leader

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the Kumsong Tractor Factory in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on November 15.

What would hurt you more, being called "old" or being accused of being a lunatic? "He should know that he is just a ugly criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people", the North Korean daily reported.

The newspaper Rodong Sinmun called Trump a "hideous criminal" in an editorial. It is also another sign of the change in rhetoric used to address North Korea since Trump took office: Though North Korea has always been known for hurling bellicose insults at world leaders, rarely have those world leaders responded in kind.

North Korea's foreign ministry said of the comments, "Reckless remarks by an old lunatic like Trump will never scare us or stop our advance". The Americans have not responded with their own public insults, though Bush did privately call Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, a "pygmy" in 2002 according to reports at the time.

Trump was given the opportunity to address the National Assembly in Seoul as part of his state visit to Seoul, the first American president to give a speech to lawmakers since Bill Clinton in 1993. "Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face".

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"Our position on North Korea remains absolutely the same". "It is a hell that no person deserves". "We want progress, not provocation", The Hill reported Trump saying at Saturday's Hanoi press conference.

Trump told South Korean lawmakers last week that North Korean leaders were stifling citizens "under the banner of tyranny, fascism, and oppression", and that "an estimated 100,000 North Koreans suffer in gulags, toiling in forced labor and enduring torture, starvation, rape, and murder on a constant basis".

Throughout the trip, Mr Trump attempted to unite Asian governments in an attempt to crack down on North Korea s nuclear weapons, as well as insulting the current leadership.

In a related tweet on Saturday, Trump praised China's president, Xi Jinping, for 'upping sanctions against North Korea'. That might be a unusual thing that happens.

He also tweeted about meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at APEC and how they had "good discussions" on Syria and that he hopes that they can solve the North Korea crisis together. "But it would also be good for lots of other places, and it would be good for the world".

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