N. Korea blasts Trump's 'warmonger' Asia tour

Frederick Owens
November 13, 2017

A combination photo shows President Donald Trump (L) in New York, September 21, 2017 and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in an undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, September 4, 2017.

Trump is overseas on a 12-day Asia-Pacific trip during which he has been meeting with regional leaders with a heavy emphasis on curbing North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

A particularly stern speech from Mr Trump in South Korea prompted Kim's government to brand him an "old lunatic" - the latest broadside in a long-running war of words between the two leaders.

President Donald Trump on Sunday ridiculed North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as "short and fat", and he lashed out at critics of his relationship with Russia's leader, saying they are "haters and fools" who don't understand the merits of a good relationship with Moscow.

"Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old, ' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?'" Trump tweeted Sunday after arriving in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Kim's regime has continued to carry out nuclear and ballistic missile tests despite widespread worldwide condemnation and a series of crippling sanctions aimed at strangling the state's cash sources.

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Trump followed up his freakish tweet by telling reporters that it would be a "good thing" for him and dictator to become friends. This isn't the first time North Korea have employed the 14th century term to insult Trump, with "dotard" sprinkled across a statement in September which ended: "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged United States dotard with fire".

Jouas, formerly deputy commander of US Forces Korea, said the near 30,000-strong US forces stationed in the neighboring South would struggle to counter the North Korean Army, which the country claims nearly 5 million people have volunteered for.

Trump is in Vietnam as part of a almost two-week tour of Asia, and North Korea's nuclear weapons program has been a major talking point with his Japanese, South Korean and Chinese counterparts.

"Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face".

That test would be the 15th ballistic missile test since Trump took office, and the first since September.

"I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it", he said.

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