On Saturday, a "foreign ministry spokesman" for North Korea released a statement calling President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital "a reckless and highhanded act."
The statement, made available by state-run news agency KCNA, reads in part:
This decision of the U.S. is not so surprising as it came from a dotard who had cried out for "total destruction" of a sovereign state at a sacred U.N. forum. But, through it, the world will be able to well discern about who is really a wrecker of the world peace and security and who is a gang of hooligans of the international society.
Some countries, which still count on the U.S., would become conscious of the true colors of the U.S.
The U.S. should bear full responsibility for all the consequences of tension and instability that will be entailed in the Middle East region owing to its reckless and high-handed act.
We, out of our external ideas of independence, peace and friendship, condemn strongly the U.S. action this time and express our firm support and solidarity with the Palestinians and other Arabian people in their just cause to regain their legitimate rights.
This statement comes amid escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States. On November 29, the hermit kingdom launched an ICMB known as a Hwasong-15, a missile capable of reaching the United States. The missile landed in the sea just west of Japan.