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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea dusts off 'dotard' after Trump reignites 'Rocket Man'

Ballistic insults fly again as diplomat rips US for disrespecting Kim

U.S. President Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, standing closest to rocket launcher, "Rocket Man" on Dec. 3.   © KCNA via Reuters

SEOUL -- A top North Korean diplomat on Thursday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump for suggesting the possibility of military action against the regime, calling him a "dotard" as it did in a war of words two years ago.

"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," said Choe Son Hui, first vice minister of foreign affairs.

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