Three US carriers lead naval drill aimed at N. Korea

Marie Harrington
November 13, 2017

At a summit in Seoul Tuesday, Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In agreed to increase the deployment of U.S. military assets around the Korean peninsula to step up pressure on the North.

In a speech to South Korea's Parliament on Wednesday, Mr Trump warned Pyongyang not to underestimate the U.S., while offering leader Kim Jong Un a better future if he gives up his nuclear ambitions.

This came amid the U.S. President Donald Trump's Asia visit, which was largely focused on about the North Korean nuclear threat. So, as the president finishes the last leg of his Asia trip, he made a decision to take to Twitter and bash North Korean Kim Jong-un "short and fat".

"Reckless remarks by an old lunatic like Trump will never scare us or stop our advance", the North's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

North Korea is not known to have tested any of its missiles or nuclear devices since September 15, a relative lull after a brisk series of tests earlier this year. I have never been more certain of anything. The statement was issued in response to a speech delivered by Trump in South Korea's National Assembly on Tuesday, where he stressed that the United States should not be underestimated, and that North Korea's new weapons might be putting the regime in more, rather than less danger. "And do not try us".

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

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The US administration thinks China's economic leverage over North Korea is the key to strong-arming Pyongyang into halting its nuclear weapons and missile programmes.

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".

"That might be a odd thing to happen but it's a possibility", he said. "If that did happen, it would be a good thing for, I can tell you, for North Korea".

Is this politics? I don't even know anymore, maybe it is.

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

For the last months, the two leaders have been on two ends of a bitter war of words prompted in part by Pyongyang refusal to cease ballistic missile tests and the development of nuclear capabilities.

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