Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Trump on North Korea crisis: I'd never call Kim 'short and fat'

Trump on North Korea crisis: I'd never call Kim 'short and fat'

It's odd, one minute Kim is talking about nuclear war, testing missiles, then he calls Trump "old".

President Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong un, have traded insults publicly, with the latest juvenile interaction suggesting that a mutually acceptable solution to North Korea's nuclear weapons programme is still some way off.

North Korea's state media trolled Trump on Wednesday by reporting on protests against him in South Korea's capital instead of responding to his speech decrying Kim Jong Un's regime, the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reports. "North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned", Trump said, as if directly addressing Kim.

"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.

Trump goes on to say sarcastically, "Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!" "We sent three of the largest aircraft carriers in the world (to the Korean Peninsula) and a nuclear submarine is also positioned", the American president warned Pyongyang soon after he landed in South Korea.

Trump's address, delivered in front of South Korea's National Assembly, ripped into North Korea for its well-documented violations of human rights.

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Trump's tweet was part of a series of tweets that included China's plan of "upping the sanctions" against North Korea and how Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to "denuclearize" the country.

"The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer".

"Might be a unusual thing to happen but it's certainly a possibility", Trump said during a press conference with Vietnam's president, adding that it would be "very, every nice if it did".

Asked if he could see himself being friends with Kim, Trump said: "That might be a odd thing to happen but it's a possibility". "If that did happen, it would be a good thing for, I can tell you, for North Korea. I don't know if it will but it would be very, very nice".

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been sharply escalating in recent months with both sides indicating that they will not hesitate to engage in military action.

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