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North Korea Renews Attack on Trump: “Dotage of a Dotard”
By Staff, Agencies
North Korea renewed its verbal attacks on US President Donald Trump, after he threatened military action.
The foreign ministry said if Trump was confrontational, it "must really be diagnosed as the relapse of the dotage of a dotard".
The North first called Trump a dotard, meaning old and weak, in 2017.
It is the first time in over a year that Pyongyang has been openly critical of Trump.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a dotard as "a person whose mental faculties are impaired, specifically, a person whose intellect or understanding is impaired in old age".
Dotage, meanwhile, is defined as "having impaired intellect or understanding in old age", or in general use as "old age".
The two men held face-to-face talks in Singapore in June 2018, and in Vietnam in February this year, aimed at denuclearization.
But talks have stalled since then, and despite another impromptu meeting at the demilitarized zone [DMZ] that separates North and South Korea in June, the North has restarted testing of short-range ballistic missiles.
In recent months the hostile language has also come back.
Pyongyang has set Washington an end-of-year deadline to offer it new concessions and has said it will adopt a "new way" if that does not happen.
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