North Korea slams Trump's 'warmonger' Asia tour: State media

16 2017 by the North Korean government leader Kim Jong Un center celebrates what was said to be the test launch of an intermediate range Hwasong-12 missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea

16 2017 by the North Korean government leader Kim Jong Un center celebrates what was said to be the test launch of an intermediate range Hwasong-12 missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea

The ministry was reacting to Trump's speech in South Korea last week, in which the president warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the United States and its allies.

Reactions poured in, calling Trump everything from "a hot mess" to a "first rate tool", and the message of his tweet like heading "back to the playground".

President Trump said Saturday that he would never call North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "short and fat", after Kim's government slammed Trump as an "old lunatic" following a recent speech in neighboring South Korea.

Utilising Twitter's new 280-character tweet length Mr Trump gave his thoughts on a range of subjects, from relations with Russia, China's efforts to rein in North Korea, and a sarcastic message about his bid to make "a friend" of Kim.

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". That might be a unusual thing that happens.

Mr Trump declined to say whether he believed Mr Putin, but he made clear he wasn't interested in dwelling on the issue.

Instead of addressing the threat of nuclear proliferation Trump responded with the very qualities he's accused of possessing by North Korea.

"If it did happen it could be a good thing I can tell you for North Korea, but it could also be good for a lot of other places and be good for the rest the world".

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 Xi wanted Pyongyang to "denuclearize".

"The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger", Trump said about North Korea during an address at South Korea's National Assembly in Seoul.

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

He called on nations to stop financing and trading with North Korea.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One while flying to Hanoi on Saturday, Trump said he believed Vladimir Putin was being honest when he denied meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This came after the Asian dictator called Trump "old".

The harsh words between the leaders have escalated in recent months after North Korea threatened to launch missiles toward the United States territory of Guam.

The members of the ruling Kim dynasty - past and present - enjoy near god-like status in North Korea, which has demonstrated extreme sensitivity to any remark that might be seen as mocking or disrespectful of the leadership.

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