Trump sarcastically responds to Kim Jong Un insults

Trump goes on to say sarcastically, "Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!"

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

"Strange things happen in life".

"The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger", Trump said about North Korea during an address at South Korea's National Assembly in Seoul. Earlier this year, he called the North Korean dictator a "smart cookie".

A particularly stern speech from Mr Trump in South Korea prompted Kim's government to brand him an "old lunatic" - the latest broadside in a long-running war of words between the two leaders.

The president appeared to be responding to a statement from North Korea's foreign ministry Saturday, which warned that, "Reckless remarks by an old lunatic like Trump will never scare us or stop our advance".

Asked at news conference with Vietnam's president later Sunday if he could become friends with the North Korean leader, Trump replied it "might be a odd thing to happen but it's certainly a possibility".


U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Scott Swift said the triple-carrier drill, in which Japanese and South Korean vessels will also take part, was the first in the region since 2007. "If that did happen, it would be a good thing for, I can tell you, for North Korea".

Speaking later in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, Trump said "it would be very, very nice" if he and Kim became friends.

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

Town told ABC News that if Pyongyang conducted a test during or following Trump's trip, it would likely be with a Hwasong-14, what the US refers to as the KN-20 - a two-stage intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

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

In September Kim described Trump as a "mentally deranged US dotard" whom he would tame with fire.

"I think we have to be a little patient here for at least a few months to see what more we and others can do, including China", McMaster said.

  • Tracy Klein