North Korea slams Trump nuclear threat as "spasm of a lunatic"

President Trump warned he had a "bigger and more powerful" nuclear button

North Korea slams Trump nuclear threat as "spasm of a lunatic"

File photo. people watch a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year's Day speech, 03-01-2017. Image: Ahn Young-joon/AP/Press Association Images

North Korea has slammed a tweet by President Donald Trump as the "spasm of a lunatic" and "bark of a rabid dog."

The country's ruling party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, was responding to the President's claim that he has a "much bigger and more powerful" nuclear button than Kim Jong Un.

Mr Trump had taken aim at North Korea's nuclear ambitions in a 3 January tweet, responding to Kim Jong Un's warning that he had a nuclear button on his desk at all times.

"North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the "Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times," he wrote.

"Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

The slur was the latest in an ongoing war of words between Mr Trump and the North Korean leadership, with the threat of nuclear war frequently alluded to by both sides.

The US President has called Korea's leader a "little rocket man" while Pyongyang's foreign minister responded in kind by calling Mr Trump a "mentally deranged person full of megalomania."

In the commentary published on Tuesday, Rodong Sinmum said: "the spasm of Trump in the new year reflects the desperate mental state of a loser who failed to check the vigorous advance of the army and people of the DPRK.

"He is making (a) bluff only to be diagnosed as a psychopath."