Donald Trump tweets on North Korea: 'I try so hard to be his friend'
After a week of ramping up pressure on North Korea during his first visit to Asia, it appears US President Donald Trump is extending the hand of friendship to the rogue nation.
Mr Trump — who is in the last few days of his visit to the region — took to Twitter to air his frustration over allegedly being called "old" by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The tweet reads: "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 tweet quickly caused a stir, and within its first hour, amassed more than 41,000 retweets and 34,000 responses.
He was likely referring to comments made on state media from North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The ministry was specifically commenting on Mr Trump's visit to the region and labelled him "an old lunatic" and a "warmonger".
"During his trip, Trump has made clear his true nature as a destroyer of world peace and stability and he begged for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula…" the newsreader reads.
"Reckless remarks by an old lunatic like Trump will never scare us or stop our advance."
In the past week, Mr Trump told Japan it could shoot North Korean missiles "out of the sky" with US-made technology, and praised South Korea while telling the North, "Do not try us".
Before this — in a speech to the United Nations — Mr Trump labelled Kim Jong-un a "rocket man on a suicide mission" and vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea unless it backed down from its weapons program.
This morning, Mr Trump said China was increasing its sanctions against North Korea.
He also said he was happy to take Russian President Vladimir Putin's word that the country did not meddle in last year's election.
"He says he didn't meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times," Mr Trump said.
"Every time he sees me, he said: 'I didn't do that.' And I believe, I really believe that when he tells me that he means it."
Mr Trump's trip to the region will conclude with two days in the Philippines, where he is expected to hold meetings with President Rodrigo Duterte.
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