Pyongyang has engaged Washington in a word war. Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the communist North Korean government, just called U.S. President Donald Trump a psychopath.

The name-calling came days after the 22-year-old American student, Otto Warmbier, died from injuries he sustained from 18 months of incarceration and torture in North Korea. He was detained for allegedly stealing a poster of propaganda materials. He was repatriated on Monday and died on Tuesday upon his return to the U.S.

Preemptive strike

Rodong Sinmun accused Trump of planning a preemptive strike on North Korea.

The strike is to divert attention from the domestic political crisis besetting Trump, Agence France-Presse reported. The real estate billionaire’s support from his followers is at its lowest with a 59 percent disapproval rating for the second time in so many months. Trump is also facing possible obstruction of justice charges following his dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

The daily accused Washington of planning a preemptive strike after the U.S. deployed two B-1 bombers over the region on Tuesday. The aircraft was on a planned training mission with South Korea and Japan.

At the same time, the daily used the opportunity to warn South Korea against following a psychopath leader who will lead the country to disaster.

In the past, the ISIS called Trump an idiot, while American Senator John McCain, in turn, called the North Korean dictator the “crazy fat kid” which led Kim Jong-un to threaten Washington with a war.

Trump slams brutal regime

Tensions have long been high between Pyongyang and Washington long before Trump ascended to power. The real estate billionaire is known for criticizing his political foes using Twitter.

Never known for holding his tongue, Trump criticized the brutal regime in North Korea which he vowed to prevent so there would be no more tragedies to hit innocent people in the hand of communist regimes that lack respect for the rule of law or basic human decency.

Trump, who befriended Chinese President Xi Jinping, tweeted earlier this week his faith in Beijing was lost because China failed to influence North Korea.

He, however, acknowledged that China tried, The Washington Post reported.

North Korea is known for using strong language to hit other world leaders with whom Pyongyang have some conflict. In 2014, then-U.S. President Barack Obama backed the showing of the Hollywood movie “The Interview” which mocked the North Korean leaders, the communist state then compared Obama to a monkey.