Kim Yong Chol, chairman of the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, issued the following statement on Dec 9:
The US president continues using inappropriate and highly risky words and expressions even after our Dec 5 warning.
That day we made clear our stand that we would keep watching the US president whether he repeats irritating expressions stoking the atmosphere of confrontation or not, and that we would view the issue from a different angle in case he deliberately uses odd words and expressions against us again.
As well known to the world, Trump, at a press interview and in an article he posted on Dec 7 and 8, let out loads of words and expressions with implicit threat to someone without any calculation, saying that he does not think north Korea wants to interfere in the US election, but will keep watching it, that he will be surprised if north Korea takes hostile action and that it will lose everything if it does so.
Such language is, indeed, disappointing.
This clearly reveals that Trump is an old man bereft of patience.
From those words and expressions we can read how irritated he is now.
As he is such a heedless and erratic old man, the time when we cannot but call him a "dotard" again may come.
We make clear once again that the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission has not used any irritating expression towards the US president as yet.
Of course it could be a sign of self-restraint, but there has not been any yet.
But if thing continues to go this way, our Chairman's understanding of Trump may change, I think.
If Trump's acts and words were meant to be addressed to us, he must understand that Trump-style bluffing and bravado sound rather abnormal and unrealistic to us and that every word he made is heard with derision.
After hearing his erratic utterances, we neither have any intention to reconsider what we are going to do in the future nor will worry about that.
Trump is too ignorant of the DPRK.
We have nothing more to lose.
Though the US may take away anything more from us, it can never strip us of high self-respect, great might and resentment against the US.
Trump said that if we take any action, he would be surprised, and of course he will be surprised.
Our action is for his surprise. So, if he is not surprised, we will be irritated.
This year is closing.
If the US has the will and wisdom to stop the second hand of clash, it would be a wise choice for it to devote time to serious calculation in anguish for it, rather than choosing ridiculous bravado and threatening expressions as now.