Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Trump on North Korea crisis: I'd never call Kim 'short and fat'

Jim Watson  AFP  Getty Images President Donald Trump addresses the National Assembly in Seoul South Korea Nov. 8 2017 Jim Watson AFP Getty Images President Donald Trump addresses the National Assembly in Seoul South Korea Nov. 8 2017
Howard Terry | 13 November, 2017, 00:45

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.

The Trump administration has said all military options remain on the table when dealing with the North Korean threat, but top USA officials have consistently emphasized the U.S.is pursuing a diplomatically led effort, including additional economic pressure.

U.S. president Donald Trump has insisted that by calling him old, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had insulted him, adding that he would never stoop to the same level by calling Kim "short and fat".

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

It comes on the same day Rodong Sinmun, the regime-run newspaper, warned the North would "surely win in the showdown" with the US and South Korea.

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

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

North Korean officials described Trump's trip as "nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the U.S. defense industry".

In September Kim described Trump as a mentally deranged United States dotard - a word used to refer to a weak and senile old person - whom he would tame with fire.

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.

Also on the trip, Mr Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin several times on the margins of a summit in Vietnam.

In a fresh show of force, three U.S. aircraft carriers, accompanied by South Korean warships, launched a joint naval drill yesterday.

In a stunning admission, Lt Gen Jouas said the USA could face problems in getting reinforcements or new supplies to the Korean Peninsula, adding troops "may well find their bases subject to attack by conventional or chemical weapons, which will further delay their entry into the war".

The four-day exercise in the western Pacific involves USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - as well as seven South Korean vessels, including three destroyers.

The secretive kingdom's state-controlled media service told the North Korean people today how their former countrymen south of the Demilitarised Zone are suffering "untold pains under the USA occupation and domination". "The world has been provoked".

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