WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- A senior North Korean diplomat involved in organizing the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is calling Trump an “impatient old man.”
- Kim Yong Chol’s comments were published by the state news agency KCNA after Trump tweeted that North Korea’s leader “is too smart and has far too much to lose” if he acts with hostility towards the US.
- Exchanges between the two nations’ officials have become increasingly heated as Pyongyang says bilateral talks will collapse if no tangible progress will happen before the year ends.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may change his views toward President Donald Trump if he continues making “inappropriate, dangerous” comments, a senior Pyongyang official said on Monday, calling Trump an “impatient, old man.”
Kim Yong Chol, a senior North Korean official who was instrumental in arranging a failed second summit between Kim Jong Un and Trump, said the United States was ignoring a year-end deadline set for Washington to soften its stance in stalled denuclearization talks.
“We have nothing more to lose,” he said in a statement published by state news KCNA.
Trump said on Sunday Kim risks losing “everything” if he resumes hostility and his country must denuclearize, after the North said it had carried out a “successful test of great significance.”
Trump tweeted: “Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore,” referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.
“He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November.”
North Korea has carried a “very important” test at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media KCNA reported, a rocket testing ground that U.S. officials once said Pyongyang had promised to close.