Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

N. Korea blasts Trump's 'warmonger' Asia tour

N. Korea blasts Trump's 'warmonger' Asia tour

In the first comments on the U.S. leader's visit by a North Korean official, a Pyongyang foreign ministry spokesman said it was a "warmonger's visit for confrontation to rid the DPRK of its self-defensive nuclear deterrence", according to the state-run KCNA news agency.

Trump is now on a tour of Asia, taking in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, during which he has urged allies to increase sanctions against North Korea.

In a statement issued through government mouthpiece the Korean Central News Agency, as cited by Reuters, Pyongyang said the U.S. President's trip "laid bare his true nature as destroyer of world peace".

It comes days after Trump left Seoul, where he offered a lengthy, detailed critique of North Korea's human rights abuses and nuclear ambitions.

Alongside Trump, the leaders of Japan, Russia, China and South Korea are also attending the APEC summit. Instead, he said, "It makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and make a deal that is good for the people of North Korea and for the world".

North Korean officials, who said they'd be watching the visit, were quick to fire back Saturday.

Pyongyang described Trump's trip as "nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the US defense industry".

A spokeswoman for Germany's foreign ministry told a regular news conference that USA foreign policy under Trump had become "unpredictable", including in areas like trade policy.

In a speech to South Korea's Parliament on Wednesday, Mr Trump warned Pyongyang not to underestimate the USA, while offering leader Kim Jong Un a better future if he gives up his nuclear ambitions.

The North's actions have also prompted worldwide condemnation - a reaction to the dozens of ballistic missile tests in recent years, including its effort to develop an intercontinental device capable of reaching the United States mainland.

"The world can not tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens it with nuclear devastation", Trump said.

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