Trump sarcastically responds to Kim Jong Un insults

Saul Bowman
November 13, 2017

Tillerson said that eventually there would be a day when the USA and the North decide it's a good time to have that first conversation that would lead to negotiations.

Later, after a bilateral meeting with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Trump was asked at a joint news conference whether he thought it really was possible to be friends with Kim.

He called on nations to stop financing and trading with North Korea. "It is a hell that no person deserves", Trump said.

The North Korean foreign ministry reportedly called Trump's Asia trip a "a warmonger's trip for confrontation with our country".

Earlier this week the United States president said: "It makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and make a deal that is good for their people and for the world".

Asked if he could see himself being friends with Kim, Trump said: "That might be a unusual thing to happen but it's a possibility".

On Saturday, Kim's government responded by accusing Trump of trying to demonize North Korea, keep it apart from the worldwide community and undermine its government.

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 USA, 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.

North Korea has dominated Mr Trump's Asia trip so far to Japan, South Korea, China and Vietnam.

Town told ABC News that if Pyongyang conducted a test during or following Trump's trip, it would likely be with a Hwasong-14, what the USA refers to as the KN-20 - a two-stage intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The Korean Central News Agency referred to Trump on Saturday as a "destroyer" and a "dotard" who "begged for nuclear war".

That test would be the 15th ballistic missile test since Trump took office, and the first since September.

We'll see what happens now. "I don't think we need to reassess our strategy now".

"The 28,500 US Armed Forces personnel in South Korea are vastly outnumbered by North Korean forces, as well as ROK (South Korean) forces that will conduct the overwhelming majority of the fighting", he wrote.

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