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North Korean state media blasted US President Donald Trump for insulting Kim Jong-Un, sentencing him to death and claiming he was “too scared” to face North Korean troops.

The comments come as Trump returns from a 12-day-tour of Asia which took place amid ongoing tensions with North Korea in recent months. The isolated country sparked global alarm by conducting a sixth nuclear test and test-launching missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.

In addition, Trump and North Korean leader Kim have exchanged insults, with North Korea denouncing Trump as a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" and Trump referring to Kim as “Little Rocket Man.”

On the last leg of his Asia trip in Vietnam, Trump tweeted, “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend — and maybe someday that will happen!”

During his visit to South Korea, Trump warned North Korea not to test him.

"This a very different administration than the United States has had in the past," Trump said as he addressed South Korea's National Assembly. "Do not underestimate us. And do not try us."

He warned that provocative action on the part of Pyongyang would amount to a "fatal miscalculation" under his administration, casting himself as more willing than previous presidents to use military force against Pyongyang should they continue threatening the United States and its allies.

North Korea’s latest comments, made in an opinion piece in North Korea’s ruling party paper, said that “The worst crime for which [Trump] can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership.”

“He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people,” it added.

The North Korean editorial also mocked Trump’s failure to visit the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, traditionally visited by senior US officials who come to South Korea.

As he was heading to the DMZ, Trump’s helicopter had turned back after only five minutes due to bad weather.

“It wasn’t the weather,” the editorial said: “He was just too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops.”