US President Donald Trump took time out from his schedule in Vietnam on Sunday to respond to taunts from North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, which called him an “old lunatic.”
The ministry had been condemning Trump’s visit to South Korea, accusing the US president of “reckless remarks” and warmongering on his trip to the peninsula.
Trump hit back by taking to his Twitter account.
“Why would Kim Jong Un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?'” Trump wrote, referring to the young North Korean leader.
“Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend — and maybe someday that will happen!” he added.
Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!
The implied insult is likely to be taken seriously in North Korea, where members of the ruling Kim dynasty are revered almost as deities.
The escalating war of words between Trump and Kim has raised concerns about a potential outbreak of hostilities.
US President Donald Trump has praised his own ability as an arbitrator, offering to mediate in the South China Sea dispute. However, diplomatic skills were not very evident in his latest taunt to North Korea.