I'd never call Kim 'short and fat', says Trump in response to 'old' barb
Trump administration I'd never call Kim 'short and fat', says Trump in response to 'old' barb
US president tweets he tries âso hard to be his friendâ in a year spent trading escalating threats with the North Korean leader
The US president, Donald Trump, said in a tweet on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had insulted him by calling him âoldâ and said he would never call Kim âshort and fatâ.
In one of a series of tweets after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam, Trump said: âWhy would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me âold,â when I would NEVER call him âshort and fat?â Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend â" and maybe someday that will happen!â
Trump has been working to rally global pressure against North Koreaâs nuclear weapons program on the trip to Asia. In a stern speech delivered in South Koreaâs National Assembly on Tuesday, he said: âDo not underestimate us. And do not try us ... The weapons youâre 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.âTrump warns North Korea's Kim Jong-un: 'Don't try us' Read more
On Saturday, the Northâs Foreign Ministry responded in a statement: âReckless remarks by an old lunatic like Tr ump will never scare us or stop our advance. 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.â
Trump has traded insults and threats with Kim in the past amid escalating tensions over Pyongyangâs nuclear and missile programs. North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb test on September 3, prompting another round of UN sanctions.
In the series of tweets Trump also said the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, was âupping sanctionsâ on North Korea in response to its nuclear and missile programs and that Xi wants Pyongyang to âdenuclearizeâ.
During Trumpâs visit to Beijing last week, Xi reiterated that China would strive for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula but offered no hint that China would change tack on North Korea, with which it fo ught side by side in the 1950-53 Korean war against US-led forces.Tracking Trump: mood swings in Asia and election struggles at home Read more
While in Vietnam on Sunday, Trump also said he was prepared to mediate between claimants to the South China Sea, where five countries contest Chinaâs sweeping claims to the busy waterway.
Vietnam has become the most vocal opponent of Chinaâs claims and its construction and militarisation of artificial islands in the sea, through which about $3t in goods pass each year.
âIf I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know,â Trump said in comments at the start of a meeting in Hanoi with Vietnamâs president, Tran Dai Quang.
Trump acknowledged that Chinaâs position on the South China Sea was a problem. âIâm a very good mediator and arbitrator,â he said.
Vietnam has also reclaimed land around reefs and islets but on nowhere near the same scale as China. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan also have claims in the sea. China has built seven man-made islands in disputed waters, three of them equipped with runways, surface-to-air missiles and radars.As Trump fawns over Xi, global politics is now a âstrong manâ game | Will Hutton Read more
The South China Sea was discussed in Beijing on an earlier leg of Trumpâs 12-day Asian tour and the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, said the United States and China had a frank exchange of views. The United States has angered China with freedom of navigation patrols close to Chinese-controlled islands, which have been continued by the Trump administration.
In August, foreign ministers of south-east Asia and China adopted a negotiating framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea. The framework will be endorsed by China and members of the Association of Southeast (sic) Asian Nations at a summit in Manila on Monday.Topics
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