'Short and fat': Trump's North Korea bluster during Asia trip

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

Korean Central News Agency Korea News Service via AP

President Trump said Saturday that he would never call North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "short and fat", after Kim's government slammed Trump as an "old lunatic" following a recent speech in neighboring South Korea.

Trump has been working to rally global pressure against North Korea's nuclear weapons program on a trip to Asia.

Trump will fly to Manilla on Sunday afternoon for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings and East Asia Summit, which will both be comprised of leaders from Southeast Asian nations and representatives from dialogue countries.

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Trump goes on to say sarcastically, "Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!"

South Korea's military is keeping its full combat readiness against North Korea's possible provocations as the North's soldiers are preparing for their monthslong winter training, the South's military said Monday. The post came in response to the country's foreign ministry calling Trump "an old lunatic" over his speech in South Korea.

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The president also told Kim his nuclear proliferation was putting the regime in great danger, calling North Korea a "hell no person deserves". "Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face".

Seoul's military said in a statement that the exercises aim to enhance the combined US and South Korean operational and aerial strike capabilities and to display "strong will and firm military readiness to defeat any provocation by North Korea with dominant force in the event of crisis".

Tensions between North Korea and the USA have escalated in recent months following the rogue state's sixth nuclear bomb test on September 3, which earned more sanctions and condemnations from the UN. "But it would also be good for lots of other places, and it would be good for the world".

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Tensions have been running high since North Korea test-fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 and flew ballistic missiles over Japan on August 29 and September 15.

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