North Korea renews verbal attack on Trump despite US military action threats Dec 10, 2019 0 653 12345 AFPSeoulNorth Korea on Monday accused US President Trump of “bluffing” and called him “an old man bereft of patience” as Pyongyang ramps up pressure on Washington over stalled nuclear talks.Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un engaged in mutual insults and threats of devastation in 2017, sending tensions soaring before a diplomatic rapprochement the following year.Pyongyang has now set Washington an end-of-year deadline to offer it new concessions in deadlocked nuclear negotiations, and has said it will adopt an unspecified “new way” if nothing acceptable is forthcoming.Denuclearisation negotiations have been at a standstill since a summit in Hanoi broke up in February.Trump has indicated that the option of military action was still on the table while downplaying Pyongyang’s actions, saying the North’s leader would not want to “interfere” with the upcoming US presidential elections.“I’d be surprised if North Korea acted hostiley,” Trump said on Saturday.But Kim Yong-chol, who served as the North’s counterpart to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo until the collapse of the Hanoi meeting, condemned Trump’s “odd words and expression”, referring to him as a “heedless and erratic old man”.If Trump is not “astonished” by North Korea’s response, “we will be irritated,” Kim, now the chairman of the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.“This naturally indicates that Trump is an old man bereft of patience,” he said, adding: “From those words and expressions we can read how irritated he is now.” The official noted that the North Korean leader had not used “any irritating expression towards the US president as yet”, but warned his “understanding” of Trump could change.“He must understand that his own style bluffing and hypocrisy sound rather abnormal and unrealistic to us,” Kim said. “We have nothing more to lose.” Late on Monday another North Korean official, Ri Su Yong, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, warned Trump against using abusive language.In another statement carried by KCNA, he said the US president should “think twice if he does not want to see bigger catastrophic consequences.” RELATED ARTICLES Miss South Africa wins 2019 Miss Universe crown Dec 10, 2019 0 2912 Protests over Indian nationality bill Dec 10, 2019 0 837 Pakistan FM boycotts Indian minister’s speech at regional summit in Istanbul Dec 10, 2019 0 670 Four-way Ukraine peace talks in Paris DPA Paris Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday joined French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for peace talks in Paris. The talks, .. China says it will continue ‘training’ Xinjiang people Beijing: China on Monday defended its vast network of re-education camps in Xinjiang and said it would continue “training” residents, following explosive government document leaks detailing surveillance and .. 5 dead, many hurt after New Zealand volcano eruption Wellington: Five people were killed, 18 were injured and several more were left stranded after an island volcano popular with tourists erupted unexpectedly in New Zealand on Monday. Police said some 50 people were .. Sri Lanka shakes up intelligence agency after Easter attacks Colombo: Sri Lanka has for the first time named a military officer to head the country’s main intelligence agency, which was blamed for failing to prevent Islamist extremist bombings in April that killed 259 people. The .. Ten killed as truck bombing hits army outpost in southern Afghanistan Kabul: At least ten people were killed after a Taliban truck bomb hit an army outpost in southern Helmand province on Monday, officials said. The attack took place at around 10 am [0530 GMT] in Nad Ali district. A Taliban .. Democrats lay out case for impeachment against Trump AFP Washington Democrats laid out the case for the impeachment of President Donald Trump on Monday as they prepared to issue formal charges against the US leader. Four months after an anonymous whistleblower sparked the ..