North Korea Says Trump Deserves Death Penalty

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North Korean media has called President Donald Trump a "hideous criminal" who should be sentenced to death.

Pyongyang's state media has fired back at Trump for his tweet insulting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, USA Today reported.

"The worst crime for which (Trump) can never be pardoned is that he dared (to) malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership," the Rodong Sinmun newspaper stated. "He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people."

The editorial comes shortly after Trump indirectly called Kim "short and fat" on Twitter while on his five-country Asia Tour.

"Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?'" the president tweeted on Nov. 11. "Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!"

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The newspaper also painted Trump as a coward for canceling his trip to the North-South Korean border.

Trump recently concluded his trip to Asia, which included stops in China, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan and the Philippines. The purpose of the tour was to discuss trade and new methods to help foil North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

Trump, who returned to Washington on Nov. 14,  took to Twitter to announce that his trip resulted in "12 very successful days." He also hinted at a "major statement" coming from the White House soon. The announcement is expected to be in regards to trade and North Korea.

"Our great country is respected again in Asia," Trump tweeted on Nov. 15. "You will see the fruits of our long but successful trip for many years to come!"

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Shortly after Trump's Asia tour, China reportedly agreed to send a ministerial-level Chinese official to North Korea. China hasn't sent such an official to the region since 2015.

Trump appeared to change his stance on China during his trip to Asia.

"I don’t blame China, I blame the incompetence of past Admins for allowing China to take advantage of the U.S. on trade leading up to a point where the U.S. is losing $100's of billions," Trump tweeted on Nov. 9. "How can you blame China for taking advantage of people that had no clue? I would've done same!"

Trump had previously referred to China as America's "enemy" on several occasions and has repeatedly accused them of ripping the U.S. off, ABC News reported.

"We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country and that’s what they’re doing," Trump said during an Indiana rally in May 2016. "It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world.”

Sources: USA Today, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2, 3, 4, 5), ABC News / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Michael Vadon/Flickr

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