Trump trades grade school insults with Kim Jong

  • Trump trades grade school insults with Kim Jong

Trump trades grade school insults with Kim Jong

Trump made the comment on Twitter after accusing the North Korean tyrant of calling him "old".

In a stern speech delivered in South Korea's National Assembly on Tuesday, he said: "Do not underestimate us. I don't know if it will but it would be very, very nice", he added.

President Donald Trump fired back at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Twitter Sunday by sarcastically saying that he would never call him "short and fat" after the dictator said that Trump was an "old" person.

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

Shortly after that speech, North Korean officials told CNN, "We don't care about what that mad dog may utter", referring to Trump.

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 US, 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.

On Aug. 8, Trump threatened the regime with "fire and fury like the world has never seen", leading Kim to say he would consider sending missiles into the waters off the coast of Guam in "mid-August".

Trump's visit to Beijing last week Xi reiterated that China would strive for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula but offered no hint it would change tack on North Korea, with which it fought side by side in the 1950-53 Korean war against US -led forces.

Addressing a press conference later, Trump declared his belief that it was possible for the two leaders to be "friends".

The US think-tank said: "Although Pyongyang is outspent by its neighbours in dollar-to-dollar comparisons and defence experts say it operates with raging equipment and technology, the regime's forward-deployed military position and missiles aimed at Seoul ensure that Pyongyang's conventional capabilities remain a constant threat to its southern neighbour".

Trump is in Vietnam as part of a almost two-week tour of Asia, and North Korea's nuclear weapons program has been a major talking point with his Japanese, South Korean and Chinese counterparts.

This isn't the first time Trump and Kim have traded barbs.

Jouas also stressed that unlike previous conflicts, the U.S. would not be able build up its forces prior to engagement with the North Koreans, stating that it "will take days to months to arrive in theater [of war]".