President Donald Trump and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang toast throughout a State Dinner on the International Convention Center, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Hanoi, Vietnam. Trump is on a 5 nation journey by way of Asia touring to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump is exchanging schoolyard taunts with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
In a response to North Korea calling Trump’s speech in South Korea “reckless remarks by an old lunatic,” Trump tweeted from Hanoi on Sunday morning: “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?'”
Trump goes on to say sarcastically, “Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend — and maybe someday that will happen!”
Trump has been working to rally world stress in opposition to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program on a visit to Asia. That features a stern speech delivered in South Korea’s National Assembly on Tuesday, by which he mentioned: “Do not underestimate us. And do not try us. … The weapons you’re acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger. Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.”
On Saturday, Kim’s authorities responded by accusing Trump of attempting to demonize North Korea, preserve it aside from the worldwide group and undermine its authorities.
“Reckless remarks by an old lunatic like Trump will never scare us or stop our advance,” the North’s Foreign Ministry mentioned in a press release. “On the contrary, all this makes us more sure that our choice to promote economic construction at the same time as building up our nuclear force is all the more righteous, and it pushes us to speed up the effort to complete our nuclear force.”
North Korea shouldn’t be recognized to have examined any of its missiles or nuclear gadgets since Sept. 15, a relative lull after a brisk collection of badessments earlier this yr.