N Korea brands Trump 'warmonger' as his Asia tour moves to Hanoi

N Korea brands Trump 'warmonger' as his Asia tour moves to Hanoi

N Korea brands Trump 'warmonger' as his Asia tour moves to Hanoi

U.S. President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Wednesday "do not underestimate us and do not try us" as he vowed that the United States would defend itself and its allies against Pyongyang's nuclear threat.

On Friday he warned world leaders gathered in the Vietnamese resort city of Danang that the Asia-Pacific region "must not be held hostage to a dictator's twisted fantasies".

United States intelligence believes, however, that North Korea's underground nuclear test site at Punggye-ri has been damaged due to underground seismic activity and could be unsuitable for use.

"Trump, during his visit, laid bare his true nature as destroyer of world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula", a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said Saturday, in a statement published by the KCNA news agency.

Tensions over the North's weapons programme have surged in recent months, as Pyongyang carried out a sixth nuclear test ─ by far its largest to date - and test fired dozens of missiles, some capable of reaching the USA mainland.

"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.

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Mr Trump offered North Koreans a "path towards a much better future", having urged the regime to "come to the table" and "make a deal" over its nuclear programme.

The leaders of Japan, Russia, China and South Korea are also attending the APEC summit.

In that sense, the 60-day freeze is a low bar for Kim Jong Un, who prefers to launch during the spring when the US and South Korea engage in their annual military drills. "We will not be intimidated", he told South Korean lawmakers.

The US has been sending its strategic assets, also including long-range bombers, to the region more frequently for patrols or drills amid accelerating North Korean efforts to expand its nuclear weapons program.

The U.N. Security Council adopted sanctions resolutions after Pyongyang's long-range missile tests in July and its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September.

"We have two or three channels in which we can with high confidence get messages to him and he can get messages back to us and we keep those open", he said of Kim.

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