President Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong un, have traded insults publicly, with the latest juvenile interaction suggesting that a mutually acceptable solution to North Korea's nuclear weapons programme is still some way off.
Trump is now in Vietnam attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, but he took the time to tweet: "Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old, ' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?'".
Trump goes on to say sarcastically, "Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!" And do not try us.
The Asian giant is keeping the economically unstable nation financially afloat, and Trump has claimed China "can fix this problem easily - and quickly" by using its influence over the hermit state.
Asked at a news conference in Vietnam if he could see himself being friends with Kim, the Trump replied: "That might be a odd thing to happen, but it's a possibility".
Trump's visit to Beijing last week Xi reiterated that China would strive for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula but offered no hint it would change tack on North Korea, with which it fought side by side in the 1950-53 Korean war against US -led forces.
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"Odd things happen in life", Trump said.
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.
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.
He also tweeted about meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at APEC and how they had "good discussions" on Syria and that he hopes that they can solve the North Korea crisis together.
"Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face". "I don't know if it will, but it would be very, very nice if it did".
That test would be the 15th ballistic missile test since Trump took office, and the first since September. The ministry was reacting to Trump's speech in South Korea last week, in which the president warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. and its allies.