The North Korean dictatorship has released news through its state-owned media saying that:
“The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership,” the editorial said. “He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people.”
This comes in response to statements made by President Trump in which he accused Kim of leading a “Cruel Dictatorship.”
The escalating war of words between the nations seems to be feeding sentiments on both sides. And while it is clearly a battle of two huge egos, it is difficult to find sympathy for the regime's leader as he is clearly restricting the freedoms and opportunities of his own people.
Many in the media are trying to portray both leaders as equally to blame in this mess, but (despite Democrat denunciations), President Trump is not seeking to stifle the ability of Americans to live their own lives. And though we may hope that the rhetoric is toned down a little, it is fairly clear that Kim Jong Un is playing it up to his home audience.
The idea that a country can “issue” a death penalty on a foreign leader without resorting to an internationally accepted court is plain ludicrous, and as yet, Trump has (wisely) not responded.
It is very easy to criticize President Trump in this, but until someone puts forward a solution on how to deal effectively with the regime, it would be good if we all kept our cool. Pandering to Kim only makes him more powerful in his own country and tightens his grip on the North Korean people. Insulting him just pushes him further away.