Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

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'

Donald Trump just took the high road in a war of words with the leader of North Korea. just kidding - he called him short and fat. Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!

But Trump's remarks Sunday suggesting the two world leaders could become friends was a first for the president, and possibly any United States leader since beginning of the Korean War in 1950.

Trump said in a speech at South Korea's parliament Wednesday, "Currently stationed in the vicinity of this peninsula are the three largest aircraft carriers in the world loaded to the maximum with magnificent F-35 and F-18 fighter jets".

"Trump has flown to South Korea as he seeks to strengthen military threats against us and has an intention to light the fuse for a nuclear war", North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmum said.

He also said Chinese President Xi Jinping was "upping sanctions" against North Korea in response to its nuclear and missile programs.

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These insults come at a time of heightened tension between Washington and Pyongyang.

It comes days after Trump left Seoul, where he offered a lengthy, detailed critique of North Korea's human rights abuses and nuclear ambitions.

However, the insults also fit into a long tradition of insulting American leaders.

The president is visiting China, South Korea and other countries in the region in an effort to get them to help put pressure on North Korea to curtail its pursuit of a nuclear weapons arsenal.

Earlier in the day, Kim lashed out at Trump in statement and called him a "dotard", meaning very old person.

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He didn't elaborate on what "the last" might be, but North Korea has launched ballistic missiles that have the potential to strike the USA mainland, and it recently conducted its largest-ever underground nuclear explosion.

Some had anxious that Trump would use similarly personal and angry language while in South Korea last week and run the risk of inciting the North. That includes a stern speech delivered in South Korea's National Assembly on Tuesday, in which he said: "Do not underestimate us".

Worse still, for both sides the insults may pick on sensitive spots.

North Korea fired back, saying the US was igniting nuclear war. Meanwhile, Kim's height is estimated to be five-foot-seven, and he is rumoured to suffer health problems due to his weight.

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