North Korea slammed President Donald Trump Saturday accusing him of being a "destroyer" and with "begged" for nuclear war through his first trip to Asia.
"Trump, during his trip, laid bare his true nature as a destroyer of world peace and stability and flew for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula," a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the state news agency KCNA.
The spokesman added that nothing could dissuade Pyongyang from pursuing its nuclear weapons program.
The backlash came following Trump warned North Korea not to underestimate the United States of America during a speech to the National Assembly of South Korea on Wednesday.
"The plan has translated America's past restraint as weakness," Trump said as he wrapped up the South Korean summit of his Asia tour. "This could be a fatal miscalculation. This is a very complex administration than the US has had in the history.
"I say to the North: Don't underestimate us, nor attempt us," he cautioned North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump called for quick action from world powers to quit supporting North Korea through commerce. Also, he addressed Kim directly, urging him to abandon his regime's weapons and accept the United States' offer of a "path to a better future."
As Trump flew to Hanoi, Vietnam, where he is expected to attend a state banquet the statement was released by KCNA.
A senior U.S. official and a retired U.S. military officer briefed on policy said this week that Trump was engaged in brinkmanship with North Korea to demonstrate strength and encourage the program's backers to use their leverage over Pyongyang.
But critics say that it also carries the risk of triggering the conflict since World War II and the strategy is not likely to convince the Kim regime to abandon its nuclear arsenal.
The president has previously threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea and warned that he could be forced to "completely ruin" the rogue state.
Pyongyang's foreign minister in September said that Trump had "declared war" on his nation and that Kim's regime would think about shooting down American bombers. The White House later clarified the notion that the U.S. had declared war.
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