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Trump on North Korea crisis: I'd never call Kim 'short and fat'

Trump on North Korea crisis: I'd never call Kim 'short and fat'

A combination photo shows President Donald Trump (L) in New York, September 21, 2017 and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in an undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, September 4, 2017.

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.

North Korean state-run media outlets have been repeatedly criticizing the president as he tours Asia on a five-nation journey that will take him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Trump, 71, sarcastically responded that he hopes one day to be friends with Kim, who oversees a developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile arsenal.

After North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addressed the UN General Assembly in September Trump tweeted: "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN".

Mr Trump called the claim an "artificial barrier" put up by Democrats and once again cast doubt on the conclusion from his own intelligence agencies that Russian Federation tried to interfere in the presidential poll to ensure Hillary Clinton was defeated.

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. The President of the U.S. then responds to this by saying he'll do all he can to prevent all out war, followed by calling his adversary "short and fat".

"Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old, '" tweeted the president. And do not try us.

"I say to the North: Do not underestimate us, and do not try us", he said. The weapons you're acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger.

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

"Strange things happen in life".

He said it would be a "good thing" for North Korea and the world if he and Kim could become friends, saying it "might be a odd thing to happen but it's certainly a possibility".

"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. I don't know if it will but it would be very, very nice".