NORTH Korea has revived its “dotard” insult about Donald Trump after the US president threatened military action against the country.
Pyongyang first aimed the slur – meaning old and weak – at the President back in 2017 as Trump and Kim Jong-um traded threats of destruction.
North Korea has once again branded Donald Trump a ‘dotard’[/caption]
North Korea carried out -profile weapons tests aimed at acquiring an ability to launch nuclear strikes on the US mainland.
Trump said he would rain fire and fury on North Korea and derided Kim as little rocket man, while Kim questioned Trump’s sanity and said he would “tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire”.
At this week’s Nato summit, Trump once again referred to the North Korean leader as “rocket man” and said the US would use force against his country if it needed to.
That prompted a furious response from Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui who warned that the “war of words” from two years ago may be resuming.
“If any language and expressions stoking the atmosphere of confrontation are used once again on purpose at a crucial moment as now, that must really be diagnosed as the relapse of the dotage of a dotard,” she said.
What is a dotard?
The insult garnered attention when North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a rare public address on state TV on 22 September 2017
He likened the US to a “frightened dog” that needed to be tamed “with fire” and branded President Trump as a “dotard”.
A dotard is a noun which means: “An old person, especially one who has become weak or senile”, according to the OED.
It dates back to late Middle English word “dote”, which means to be “silly or feeble-minded, especially as a result of old age”.
The word even appears in the most famous work of literature from the period, The Canterbury Tales.
One section in The Miller’s Tale reads: “For certeyn, olde dotard, by your leave/You shall have queynte right enough at eve.”
The two leaders have avoided such words and developed better relations after North Korea entered nuclear negotiations with the US last year.
Trump even said he and Kim Jong-Un wrote each other “beautiful letters and fell in love”.
The two leaders have met three times, starting with a summit in Singapore in June 2018.
Their nuclear diplomacy has remained largely deadlocked since their second meeting in Vietnam in February ended without any deal due to disputes over US-led sanctions on North Korea.
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In July, Trump became the first US President to set foot in North Korea as he shook hands with Kim Jong-un at the Korean Demilitarised Zone for a historic third meeting.
North Korea is known for colourful attacks on foreign leaders.
It denounced Trump’s presidential rival Joe Biden as a “rabid dog” that who deserves to be “beaten to death with a stick, before it is too late”.