Regime-run newspaper says United States president is a "hideous criminal" after he claimed North Korea was a "cruel dictatorship" and it's young leader "short and fat."
North Korea's state media has criticised Donald Trump for attacking leader Kim Jong-Un, stating the US president deserved the death sentence and calling him a coward for cancelling his planned visit to the inter-Korean border.
An article in the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun concentrated its rage on Trump's visit to South Korea last week, when he denounced the North Korea's "cruel dictatorship" in a speech to legislators in Seoul.
Donald Trump's visit was part of a marathon five-nation Asia tour that was intended to galvanise regional opposition to the North's nuclear weapon ambitions.
“The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership,” the article said.
“He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people,” it added.
Since becoming president, Trump has participated in an intensifying battle of words with Kim Jong-un, trading personal insults and threats of military action which elevated concerns regarding an outbreak of hostilities.
Towards the completion of his Asia tour, Trump sent out a tweet from Hanoi that took the cockfighting to an all new level, teasing the North Korean leader over his height and weight.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017
The members of the ruling Kim dynasty - past and present - have near god-like status in North Korea, which has shown severe sensitivity to any kind of comment that may be considereded as mocking or disrespectful of the leadership.
The article also took a dig at Trump's failure to explore the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that divides both Koreas - a traditional stop-off point for senior United States officials visiting the South.
Trump's helicopter taking him to the DMZ had turned around after 5 minutes into the journey as a result of bad weather - an explanation the state media dismissed.
“It wasn’t the weather,” the article said: “He was just too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops.”