Trump sarcastically responds to Kim Jong Un insults

16 2017 by the North Korean government leader Kim Jong Un center celebrates what was said to be the test launch of an intermediate range Hwasong-12 missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea

16 2017 by the North Korean government leader Kim Jong Un center celebrates what was said to be the test launch of an intermediate range Hwasong-12 missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea

The drills began in waters off South Korea's eastern coast.

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

President Donald Trump traded petty insults with North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jung Un Sunday, but told reporters shortly after that perhaps one day, he and the North Korean dictator might one day be friends.

According to the U.S. Navy, it is the first three-carrier exercise in the Western Pacific since 2007.

Kim's regime has continued to carry out nuclear and ballistic missile tests despite widespread worldwide condemnation and a series of crippling sanctions aimed at strangling the state's cash sources.

"I think from the USA point of view, Korea will continue to be a key part for peace and stability, and we have similar interests in east Asia", he said.

Responding to the latest statement, Trump posted a tweet dripping with sarcasm: "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!"

In a commentary released Saturday, the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea's official media, criticized the United States for "heightening military tension in the Asia-Pacific region".

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Currently, he is in Vietnam where he took part in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

On Saturday, Kim's government responded by accusing Trump of trying to demonize North Korea, keep it apart from the worldwide community and undermine its government.

During talks in Beijing Thursday, Trump urged Chinese leader Xi Jinping to work hard and act fast to help resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis, warning that "time is quickly running out".

Xi said the two countries reiterated their "firm commitment" to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and the implementation of United Nations resolutions.

Following his stop in South Korea, the President travelled on to China - North Korea's biggest ally and trading partner.

Xi repeated his plea for the issue to be resolved through negotiations, saying China was ready to discuss the "pathway leading to enduring peace and stability on the peninsula".

Beijing fears that squeezing Pyongyang too hard could cause the regime to collapse, sending an influx of refugees across its border and placing the United States army at its doorstep.

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