Trump trades 'short and fat' barb with N Korea's Kim

Trump trades 'short and fat' barb with N Korea's Kim

The morning tweetstorm came as Trump prepared for bilateral meetings with Vietnamese leaders, including a scheduled news conference where he could face more questions about the topics he addressed on Twitter.

After more than a week of carefully crafted messages about his trip to Asia, U.S. President Donald Trump has again launched a tweet storm aimed at his critics at home and overseas.

"That might be a unusual thing to happen but it's a possibility", he said.

North Korean state media said this week that "no-one can predict when the lunatic old man of the White House, lost to sense, will start a nuclear war", referring to Trump's aggressive rhetoric toward Kim Jong Un.

"Together we have in our power to finally liberate this region and the world from this very serious nuclear menace, but it will require collective action, collective strength and collective devotion to winning the peace", Trump said.

He has tried to rally support to curb Pyongyang's rogue weapons programme during his trip, urging regional powers to stand united against North Korea.

It has been 56 days since North Korea's last ballistic missile test - an intermediate-range KN-17 that flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

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 unusual thing to happen but it's certainly a possibility".

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"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".

Trump signed an executive order in September slapping new travel and economic sanctions on North Korea, as the administration seeks to pressure Kim Jong Un in a showdown over the North Korean leader's nuclear program.

Speaking later in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, Trump said "it would be very, very nice" if he and Kim became friends.

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

The US think-tank said: "Although Pyongyang is outspent by its neighbours in dollar-to-dollar comparisons and defence experts say it operates with raging equipment and technology, the regime's forward-deployed military position and missiles aimed at Seoul ensure that Pyongyang's conventional capabilities remain a constant threat to its southern neighbour".

In September Kim described Trump as a "mentally deranged US dotard" whom he would tame with fire.

We'll see what happens now.

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