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Trump sarcastically responds to Kim Jong Un insults

Trump sarcastically responds to Kim Jong Un insults

In this undated photo distributed on September 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. 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.

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

Visiting Asia, the president has tried to bring the world together in pressurising North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, something that's proving somewhat of a tough task.

Trump followed up his freakish tweet by telling reporters that it would be a "good thing" for him and dictator to become friends.

Mr Trump also urged other nations to join forces to combat the growing threat posed by Pyongyang.

Trump's taunt of Kim came after the North Korean leader again called him a "dotard", a term describing an old person who is losing his mental faculties.

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

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

As Trump has made his way through South Korea, Japan and China this week - touting the strength of the USA alliance and commanding North Korea to "not try us" - the regime has remained quiet.

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.

This isn't the first time Trump and Kim have traded barbs.

The US on Saturday began a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific.

Jouas also stressed that unlike previous conflicts, the USA would not be able build up its forces prior to engagement with the North Koreans, stating that it "will take days to months to arrive in theater [of war]".

He said he doesn't know if that friendship will develop, but added it would be "very, very nice if it did".