Trump used the term to describe the pariah state’s current dictator Kim Jong Un during his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” said Trump. “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
He also tweeted the moniker over the weekend:
I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2017
But British business news magazine The Economist actually used the same nickname to describe the nuclear weapon aspirations of Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, more than 11 years ago:
It's rocket man, JUNIOR, I believe pic.twitter.com/MCiy9UYVFJ— Simon Cox (@s1moncox) September 20, 2017
The cover of The Economist’s July 8, 2006 edition showed Kim Jong Il, who died in 2011, blasting off into the sky above the caption, “Rocket man.”
Twitter users called out Trump for the duplication:
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.