N. Korea blasts Trump's 'warmonger' Asia tour

Jim Watson  AFP  Getty Images President Donald Trump addresses the National Assembly in Seoul South Korea Nov. 8 2017

"Trump, during his visit, laid bare his true nature as destroyer of the world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula", the nation's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Trump has traded insults and threats with Kim in the past amid escalating tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs as North Korea races toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the USA - something Trump has vowed to prevent.

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 made the comment on Twitter after accusing the North Korean tyrant of calling him "old".

In a response to North Korea calling Trump's speech in South Korea "reckless remarks by an old lunatic", Trump tweeted from Hanoi on Sunday morning: "Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old, ' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?'"

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

North Korea has conducted dozens of ballistic missile tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

On Tuesday, during a speech, he said: "Do not underestimate us".

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

Asked at a news conference in Vietnam if he could see himself being friends with Kim, the Trump replied: "That might be a unusual thing to happen, but it's a possibility". Trump tweeted Saturday night.

"I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it", he said.

It's a continuation in the ongoing war of words, even as the regime's missile test have noticeably paused - a surprising development given that North Korea has often followed these verbal spars with threats and missile tests.

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

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".

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.

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