'Short and fat': Trump's North Korea bluster during Asia trip

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

While in South Korea last week, Trump offered North Korea an opportunity to embrace diplomacy instead of continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons capable of reaching the mainland U.S. The statement also referred to Trump as a "dotard", an insulting term for old people who are going senile.

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

So, as the president finishes the last leg of his Asia trip, he chose to take to Twitter and bash North Korean Kim Jong-un "short and fat".

In a speech to South Korea's Parliament on Wednesday, Mr Trump warned Pyongyang not to underestimate the USA, while offering leader Kim Jong Un a better future if he gives up his nuclear ambitions. "But our military is keeping a full readiness posture against the possibility of North Korea's provocations", a South Korean military official said during a briefing on Monday, the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reports.

"I say to the North: Do not underestimate us, and do not try us", he said.

"The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer". "On the contrary, all this makes us more sure that our choice to promote economic construction at the same time as building-up on our nuclear force is all more righteous, and it pushes us to speed up the effort to complete our nuclear force".

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".

Asked at news conference with Vietnam's president later Sunday if he could become friends with the North Korean leader, Trump replied it "might be a odd thing to happen but it's certainly a possibility".

The president also told Kim his nuclear proliferation was putting the regime in great danger, calling North Korea a "hell no person deserves".

Is this politics? I don't even know anymore, maybe it is.

Tensions have been running high since North Korea test-fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 and flew ballistic missiles over Japan on August 29 and September 15.

We'll see what happens now.

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