'Short and fat': Trump's North Korea bluster during Asia trip

13 November, 2017, 08:20 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Soon after arriving in Japan from Hawaii on Sunday Trump met up with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a game of golf. Here they are fist-bumping on the course

The country is impoverished as leader Kim Jong Un pushes ahead with a massive weapons program created to give him the ability to hit the USA mainland with a nuclear warhead.

"Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!" he wrote.

North Korea yesterday slammed US President Donald Trump's "warmonger" Asia tour, saying it would only accelerate Pyongyang's push for a full-fledged nuclear deterrent.

Trump's visit to Vietnam, which saw him attending a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, was also aimed at drumming up support for measures to contain North Korea's nuclear weapons ambitions. "If it did happen, it would be a good thing for North Korea, and a good thing for lots of other places and good for the world".

While North Korea has launched around two dozen missiles this year, including an intercontinental ballistic missile that can strike parts, if not most, of the continental USA, and tested a staged thermonuclear weapon with an explosive yield far greater than anything the regime has previously tested, the North has not engaged in major provocations in almost two months.

"I'm a very good mediator and arbitrator", he said.

"I say to the North: Do not underestimate us, and do not try us", he said.

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

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

Mr Turnbull said he would be working closely with Indonesian president Joko Widodo, President Trump and President Xi to combat extremism in the region.

He also said he had a "very good feeling. a good relationship" with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

"President Xi of China has stated that he is upping the sanctions against #NoKo".

Last week, it called on the U.S.to oust the "lunatic old" man from power and withdraw its hostile policy toward it.

While Kang Kyung-wha welcomed a two month hiatus in North Korean provocations after a rapid-fire series of missile tests from the middle of this year, she said the isolated state needs to do more to defuse tensions that have escalated not only between Seoul and Pyongyang but between the regime and the U.S.

"As to whether I believe it or not, I'm with our agencies, especially as now constituted", Trump said.

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