Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas, in October (Free Press Photo: AFP)
A senior North Korean official accused US President Donald Trump of "bluffing" on Monday and called him "impatient old man" and "erratic" in a new peak of tension around the stalled negotiations on the North Korean nuclear program.
Pyongyang set a deadline for Washington to reactivate the stalled talks since February before the end of the year, and diffusely threatened to adopt a "new course" – not specified – if it receives no acceptable offer.RELATED
Trump, on the other hand, said the military action option was still on the table, while minimizing Pyongyang's actions, saying that Kim Jong Un would not want to "interfere" in the next US presidential election.
"I would be surprised if North Korea acted hostile," Trump said Saturday.
But Kim Yong Chol, who held the North Korean foreign affairs portfolio until the Hanoi meeting failed, criticized Trump's claims, whom he called "careless and erratic old man."
"This naturally indicates that Trump is an impatient old man," he said, adding: "From those words and expressions we can read how irritated he is now," said Kim Yong Chol, currently president of the Korean Peace Committee for Asia and the Pacific, in a statement issued by the official news agency KCNA.
For his part, Ri Su Yong, vice president of the Central Committee of the Korean Workers Party, warned Trump against the use of abusive language.
Before speaking, the president of the United States should "think twice if he does not want to see catastrophic consequences," he said.
North Korea has increased tensions in recent months with a series of repeated declarations and tests of armaments, as the year-end deadline for negotiations approaches.
The North Korean leader plans to spread a message – which is anticipated key – on January 1, when the deadline expires.
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