North Korea calls Donald Trump a 'psychopath'

Elias Hubbard
June 23, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump has said thank you and goodbye to China over Twitter, suggesting that the brief friendship between Washington and Beijing may be on the rocks during the ongoing furore over Chinese ally North Korea.

This week, USA spy satellites showed signs of activity at North Korea underground nuclear test site.

"Maybe President Trump believes that there is more room for China to engage North Korea and it seems that he is urging China to do more".

Trump has flattered Xi in public, despite threats made towards China during on his campaign trail in 2016, when he described China as "raping our country".

The prospect of a rockier relationship is particularly sensitive now as Xi prepares to preside over the Communist Party's 19th National Party Congress in the fall.

Dealing with North Korea's nuclear ambitions has become USA president Donald Trump's biggest security challenge, and the isolated communist state has been sanctioned by the worldwide community for testing nuclear weapons and launching missiles.

The official response from China was fairly muted, though strained.

Doctors said Warmbier had suffered severe brain damage while in North Korea, and he died Monday at a Cincinnati hospital.

Moon has said many South Koreans did not accept a deal reached by his conservative predecessor and Japan's Abe in 2015 to resolve the issue of Korean "comfort women" - a euphemism for women forced to work in the Japanese military's wartime brothels.

The statement by Trump, although couched in appreciative words for Xi, surprised and annoyed analysts in Beijing.

The South Korean leader earlier stressed a need to add dialogue to options for dealing with the provocative North, noting now only sanctions and pressure are available. "Given time, they will have a greater impact on the economy".

WYOMING, Ohio (AP) - Celebrating the life of an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after returning home in a coma, a packed crowd of mourners gathered Thursday as Otto Warmbier's loved ones shared stories about his affinity for hugs, thrift-store clothes-shopping and little-known rap music.

China has also pushed back against Trump's tweet, saying its efforts on North Korea have been "indispensable".

The South Korean leader has said the decision to temporarily suspend the deployment pending an environmental study did not mean a change in the country's decision to host the USA missile shield. "Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?" he wrote in a tweet in April, defending the reversal of a campaign promise.

"Only by making human rights a primary demand - for everyone in North Korea, citizens and foreigners alike - can they reasonably hope to change Pyongyang's abusive practices".

"At least I know China tried!" The New York Times recently reported on growing skepticism in the White House over China's role. The president appears to have reached the same conclusion.

John McCain, R-Arizona, said that anyone who is "stupid" enough to visit North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the US government from any responsibility for that individual while they are overseas. But imposing new sanctions targeting Chinese companies would only lead to more problems, he said.

In one of the most wide-ranging interviews with a North Korean official on the tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the country's ambassador to India, Kye Chun-yong, told Indian broadcaster WION the North was willing to talk about freezing nuclear and missile tests "under certain circumstances".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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