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Kim Jong Un slams 'dotard' Donald Trump

In this Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, photo distributed on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a statement in response to US President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, in Pyongyang, North Korea 

North Korea's riposte to Donald Trump had many native English speakers reaching for their dictionaries.

A dispatch described the US president as "the mentally deranged US dotard".

Dotard means a person in a feeble and childish state due to old age.

It is a translation of "neukdari", a Korean word that refers to elderly people in a derogatory manner.

The Korean Central News Agency transmitted Kim Jong Un's statement verbatim.

It followed Mr Trump's speech at the UN this week mocking Mr Kim as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission", and saying if the US is "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

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