'Short and fat': Trump's North Korea bluster during Asia trip

South Korean solider and Kim Jong-un

"Currently, the North Korean troops are conducting ordinary field exercises".

His letter comes after the Pentagon claimed North Korea's nuclear arsenal could only be eliminated with a ground invasion.

Meanwhile, three US aircraft carriers - the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz - sailed off the Korean Peninsula on Monday in a massive show of force against Kim Jong Un's regime as part four days of drills that end Tuesday. "But our military is keeping a full readiness posture against the possibility of North Korea's provocations", a South Korean military official said during a briefing on Monday, the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reports.

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

According to the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet, it is the first time since a 2007 exercise near Guam that three U.S. carrier strike groups are operating together in the Western Pacific.

He also referenced Trump's September speech to the UN General Assembly in which the president said that if the U.S.is "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

The three flattops are the USS Ronald Reagan, Nimitz and Theodore Roosevelt.




Trump sent out the tweet after he attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam. The weapons you're acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger.

"Do not underestimate us", Trump said.

But Pyongyang doesn't seem interested in negotating.

Trump's tweet was part of a series of tweets that included China's plan of "upping the sanctions" against North Korea and how Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to "denuclearize" the country.

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". This came after the Asian dictator called Trump "old".

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".

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