Cathcart added that the country’s propaganda machine might even turn the line to Kim’s advantage, at least domestically, in a nation whose missile program is a point of pride.

“Insults like that generally don’t translate well,” he said, “and if anything the [North Korean] state media has made a habit of rephrasing things in a way that they want their people to hear them. So we might ultimately see some reference to Trump’s publicly stated fear of the ‘intercontinental missile capability advancing at extreme speed’ or something along those lines.”