U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had insulted him by calling him “old” and said he would never call Kim” short and fat .”
Mr. Trump built specific comments after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation( APEC) elevation in Vietnam.
In a series of tweets he also said Chinese President Xi Jinping was ” upping sanctions” on North Korea in response to its nuclear and missile programs and that Mr. Xi craves Pyongyang to “denuclearize.”
During Mr. Trump’s visit to Beijing last week Mr. Xi reiterated that China would strive for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula but offered no intimate that China would change tack on North koreans, with which it fought side by side in the 1950-53 Korean war against U.S.-led forces.
One of Trump’s tweets read:” Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me’ old-fashioned ,’ when I would NEVER call him’ short and fat ?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his pal- and maybe someday that will happen !”
Mr. Trump has traded insults and threats with Kim in the past amid intensifying tensions over Pyongyangs nuclear and rocket programs as North Korea races toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States -something Mr. Trump has vowed to prevent.
North Korea conducted its sixth and more powerful nuclear bomb test on Sept. 3, inspiring another round of U.N. sanctions.
In September Mr. Kim described Mr. Trump as a mentally deranged U.S. dotard whom he would tame with flame. His remarks came after Mr. Trump threatened in his maiden United Nations address to totally destroy the two countries of 26 million people if the United States were threatened.
After North Koreas Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addressed the U.N. General Assembly in September Trump tweeted:” Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes guess of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!
North Korea has conducted dozens of ballistic missile exams in defiance of U.N. sanctions. The North has vowed to never give up its weapons programs, saying they are necessary to counter hatred from the United States and its allies.
The United States has said that all options, including military, are on the table, although its penchant is for a diplomatic solution.