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North Korea says Donald Trump’s nuclear button tweet is a ‘spasm of a lunatic’

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps with military officers at the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in an unknown location in North Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 15, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS

The tone of Tuesday’s article was not uncommon for the North Korean media.

North Korea’s state-run media say US President Donald Trump’s tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than leader Kim Jong Un’s is the “spasm of a lunatic”.

Rodong Sinmun, the ruling party newspaper, lashed out at Trump in a commentary on Tuesday that took issue with the US commander in chief’s January 3 tweet that “I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

The tone of Tuesday’s article was not uncommon for the North Korean media. But Trump’s willingness to respond in kind — he has repeatedly called Kim “little rocket man” — is rare for an American leader and has led to several fiery verbal barrages since he took office nearly a year ago.

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