President Trump said that he smiled when he heard Kim Jong-un cal former Vice President Joe Biden ‘swampman’ and a ‘low IQ individual.’
In a tweet where he misspelled Biden’s name, Trump wrote: ‘North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me.
‘I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Bidan [sic] a low IQ individual, & worse.
‘Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?’
Trump was referring to a recent piece published by state-run media in North Korea.
The editorial was full of insults hurled at Biden, who was labeled a ‘fool of low IQ’ and an ‘imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being.’
North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un (left) called former Vice President Joe Biden (right) ‘swampman’ and a ‘low IQ individual,’ President Trump claimed in a tweet
Trump also dismissed concerns about recent missile launches from North Korea and said he was confident that the country’s leader, Kim, would keep promises that he had made
The North Korean media was reacting to a recent speech in which Biden called Kim a tyrant.
Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday said the former American vice president had insulted the country’s supreme leadership and committed an ‘intolerable and serious politically-motivated provocation’ against the North.
Biden during a campaign launch in Philadelphia on Saturday accused Trump of cozying up to ‘dictators and tyrants’ like Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
‘What he uttered is just sophism of an imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being, let alone a politician,’ KCNA said.
The piece, labeled a commentary, said Biden had ‘gone reckless and senseless, seized by ambition for power.’
It went on to mention apparent Biden gaffes, such as once appearing to fall asleep during a speech by then-President Barack Obama.
‘It is by no means accidental that here is nonstop comment over his bid for candidacy that he is not worth pinning hope on, backed by the jeer that he is a fool of low IQ,’ KCNA said.
It mocked Biden’s belief that he was ‘the most popular presidential candidate.” ‘’This is enough to make a cat laugh,’ the report said.
A spokesman for Biden’s campaign, Andrew Bates, responded later Wednesday: ‘Given Vice President Biden’s record of standing up for American values and interests, it’s no surprise that North Korea would prefer that Donald Trump remain in the White House.’
Trump also dismissed concerns about recent missile launches from North Korea and said he was confident that the country’s leader, Kim, would keep promises that he had made.
Kim was photographed on May 10 (above) supervising a military drill in North Korea
People watch a TV showing a news program reporting North Korea’s missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea on May 5
A photo released by the official North Korean Central News Agency shows missiles being fired during a strike drill of military units at an undisclosed location in North Korea. The image above was issued on May 10
Trump is currently in Japan on a state visit.
The president, who left his second summit with Kim earlier this year in Vietnam without a peace deal, has put enormous value in their personal relationship, despite actions by North Korea that others consider provocative.
Trump’s downplaying of North Korea’s missile tests put him at odds with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is considered far more hawkish on matters related to Tokyo’s longtime enemy on the peninsula, according to CNN.
Trump is expected to discuss concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs with Abe during his stay in Tokyo.
Trump’s remarks came after U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Saturday that North Korea’s recent missile launches violated a UN Security Council resolution.
‘The UN resolution prohibits the launch of any ballistic missiles,’ Bolton said at a press roundtable.
North Korea’s test firings included short range ballistic missiles and so there was ‘no doubt’ it was a violation, he added.
Bolton said that the United States was still open to talks with Kim’s regime but that it had not changed its position from the one outlined at the last summit between the United States and North Korea in Hanoi.
Earlier this month Kim oversaw the first flight of a previously untested weapon – a relatively small, fast missile experts believe will be easier to hide, launch and maneuver in flight.
North Korea on Friday blamed an ‘arbitrary and dishonest’ US position for the failure of Kim-Trump summit in Hanoi.
United States National Security Adviser John Bolton answers reporters’ questions in Tokyo on Friday. Bolton said on Saturday that North Korea’s recent missile launches violated a UN Security Council resolution
Pyongyang aso warned that stalled nuclear talks would never restart unless Washington took a new approach.
A spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry accused the United States of trying to shift the blame for the breakdown of the second summit between Kim and Trump, in Hanoi in February, by raising a ‘completely irrelevant issue’.
He did not elaborate.
‘The underlying cause of setback of the DPRK-U.S. summit talks in Hanoi is the arbitrary and dishonest position taken by the United States, insisting on a method which is totally impossible to get through,’ the unidentified spokesman said in a statement carried by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency.
‘The United States would not be able to move us even an inch with the device it is now weighing in its mind, and the further its mistrust and hostile acts toward the DPRK grow, the fiercer our reaction will be,’ the official said, using the acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea’s official name.
‘Unless the United States … comes forward with a new method of calculation, the DPRK-U.S. dialogue will never be resumed and by extension, the prospect for resolving the nuclear issue will be much gloomy,’ the official added.