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Donald Trump has finally arrived at the last stop on his 12-day Asia visit, so of course North Korea chose to fuck with him a little bit.

President Trump responded to the latest round of name-calling from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday, saying "I try so hard to be his friend" and would "never call him "short and fat".

Trump has called Kim "rocket man" and Kim has called Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard", a "gangster fond of playing with fire", and "a frightened dog".

Trump is in Vietnam as part of a almost two-week tour of Asia, and North Korea's nuclear weapons program has been a major talking point with his Japanese, South Korean and Chinese counterparts.

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. 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 USA should not be underestimated, and that North Korea's new weapons might be putting the regime in more, rather than less danger.

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. "And do not try us".

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.

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

Trump has traded insults and threats with Kim in the past amid escalating tension over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs as North Korea races toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States - something Trump has vowed to prevent.

"Strange things happen in life".

Addressing a press conference later, Trump declared his belief that it was possible for the two leaders to be "friends".

He said he doesn't know if that friendship will develop, but added it would be "very, very nice if it did".

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb test on September 3, prompting another round of United Nations sanctions.

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