Anna Sheffer
Updated Nov 30, 2017 @ 12:18 pm
Donald Trump
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By now it seems like President Trump will be forever trading insults with Kim Jong-Un. And today, November 30th, Trump continued to mock the North Korean dictator by saying diplomacy appeared to have no impact on “Little Rocket Man” in a tweet about North Korea’s recent missile test.

The launch Trump is referring to happened on November 29th, when the North Korean government tested its newest intercontinental ballistic missile. The North Korean government said the missile carries a “super-large heavy warhead” that could reach the entire continental U.S.

The missile, known as the Hwasong-15, reached the highest altitude recorded in a North Korean weapons test. After the launch, Kim celebrated by saying that North Korea had “finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force,” according to the North Korean state news agency.

This is not the first time Trump has mocked Kim by calling him “Rocket Man.” The president has used the nickname in public remarks and derogatory tweets since September, following North Korea’s missile tests over Japan.

Trump has also provoked Kim by saying that the U.S. will respond with “fire and fury” if North Korea continues to threaten the U.S.

Kim hasn’t shied away from insulting Trump, either. In September he called the president a “dotard” and a “frightened dog.”

Trading insults with North Korea isn’t going to do anything to stop the country’s aggression towards the U.S. We’ve been wondering how worried we should be about North Korea’s missiles, and right now it’s seeming like there is at least some cause for alarm — or at least measured caution. If North Korea really has the power to bomb the continental U.S., maybe our president should hold off on the schoolyard insults for a while.