Donald Trump feels insulted being called 'old' by Kim Jong Un

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13 November, 2017

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.

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".

He called on nations to stop financing and trading with North Korea. "But it is certainly a possibility", Trump said.

That makes sense, but when world leaders such as former businessman Donald Trump and dictator Kim Jong-un are throwing school yard insults at each other, it's hard not to stick your nose in.

"Odd things happen in life", Trump said.

White House chief of staff John Kelly, chatting briefly with reporters after Trump's press conference Sunday in Hanoi, was asked about the president's descriptive tweet about the North Korean leader.

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

For the last months, the two leaders have been on two ends of a bitter war of words prompted in part by Pyongyang refusal to cease ballistic missile tests and the development of nuclear capabilities.

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 USA -led forces. Trump has denied that his campaign coordinated in any way with Moscow during last year's presidential campaign, and he said Saturday that Russian President Vladimir Putin again denied any involvement in trying to influence the USA elections when Trump spoke with him at a regional summit in Danang, Vietnam.

Trump has traded insults and threats with Kim in the past amid escalating tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

In the first of three successive tweets Sunday morning, Trump hit back at his critics.

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 U.S. occupation and domination".


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