Donald Trump calls North Korean leader Kim Jong-un 'rocket man'
Donald Trump has referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as "rocket man" in a tweet about a conversation with the South Korean President.
The US leader tweeted that he had been speaking with Moon Jae-in about the situation with the secretive communist state, which has launched a series of ballistic missiles in recent weeks and conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date.
"I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night," Mr Trump wrote. "Asked him how Rocket Man is doing."
He added that long petrol lines has been forming in North Korea, which he said was "too bad".
His comments came after the North Korean leader vowed to achieve military âequilibriumâ with the US.
State-run Korean Central News Agency said he vowed to complete his nuclear weapons programme in the face of strengthening interna tional sanctions, the agency reported.
âAs recognised by the whole world, we have made all these achievements despite the UN sanctions that have lasted for decades,â the agency quoted Mr Kim as saying.
He said the countryâs final goal âis to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option for the DPRK,â referring to North Koreaâs official name, the Democratic Peopleâs Republic of Korea.
He indicated more missile tests would soon follow, saying all future drills should be âmeaningful and practical ones for increasing the combat power of the nuclear forceâ prepared for âactual warâ.
Mr Kim said his country, despite âlimitlessâ international sanctions, had nearly completed the building of its nuclear arsenal and called for âall-state effortsâ to reach the goal and obtain a âcapacity for nuclear counter attack the US cannot cope withâ.
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