Trump gets 'death sentence' from North Korea for insulting leader

North Korea ‘sentences Trump to death

Mr Trump responded with a passive aggressive tweet, suggesting he would never call Mr Kim was "short and fat", and complaining: "Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!"

Towards the end of his Asia tour, Trump tweeted, from Hanoi, taunting the North Korean leader.

"The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership", the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun wrote.

In September, Trump called Kim Jong Un "rocket man" during a speech to the UN.

North Korea has previously boasted of its ability to strike the USA with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) if Washington continues what Pyongyang views as acts of aggression against North Korea. The same day, Trump said during a news conference in Vietnam that he would like to friends with Jong Un, even though it "might be a odd thing to happen".

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

Pyongyang's state media has criticised USA president Donald Trump and sentenced him "to death" for insulting both leader Kim Jong-un and the state.

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Since taking office, Trump has continuously tweeted about the threat North Korea poses to the US, calling it a "rogue nation" and an "embarrassment to China". "Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face".

Trump has recently escalated his fiery rhetoric against Pyongyang, though in his Seoul speech he said he wanted to attain "peace through strength".

Trump's descriptions of North Korea's current leader have varied, and he has even been positive at times - describing him as a "pretty smart cookie" in April.

But Trump also offered a diplomatic opening to North Korea to "make a deal".

He called on nations to stop financing and trading with North Korea.

"While North Korea still shows the will to continue developing its nuclear and missile programme, their focus on the economy is also helping the North Korean people come together", Baik said.

"President Xi of China has stated that he is upping the sanctions against #NoKo". During the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, on Saturday, Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met privately.

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