President Trump Strikes Back at 'Short and Fat' Kim Jong Un

President Trump Strikes Back at 'Short and Fat' Kim Jong Un

President Trump Strikes Back at 'Short and Fat' Kim Jong Un

The three flattops - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - will sail one by one into the waters east of Korea for the four-day drill.

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.

United States president Donald Trump has insisted that by calling him old, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had insulted him, adding that he would never stoop to the same level by calling Kim "short and fat".

It is the first such U.S. triple-carrier drill in the region for a decade.

"Reckless remarks by an old lunatic like Trump will never scare us or stop our advance", the North's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Mr Trump also urged other nations to join forces to combat the growing threat posed by Pyongyang.

North Korea is not known to have tested any of its missiles or nuclear devices since September 15, a relative lull after a brisk series of tests earlier this year.

"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.

The threat of conflict between Kim Jong-un's nuclear-armed North and the South, backed by Donald Trump, has been looming over the Korean Peninsula for months.

He said Friday the Asia-Pacific region was being held hostage by the "twisted fantasies" of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, as he called on countries to stand united against Pyongyang.

"The future of this region and its attractive people must not be held hostage to a dictator's twisted fantasies of violent conquest and nuclear blackmail", he said during a speech in Vietnam at the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

They will aim to enhance combined operation and aerial strike capabilities and also display "strong will and firm military readiness to defeat any provocation by North Korea with dominant force in the event of crisis", Seoul's military said in a statement.

President Trump is now on a tour of Asia that has taken him to Japan, South Korea and China so far.

But experts doubt China will take the kind of steps that Trump wants, such as halting crude oil exports to the North.

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