Donald Trump feels insulted being called 'old' by Kim Jong Un

16 2017 by the North Korean government leader Kim Jong Un center celebrates what was said to be the test launch of an intermediate range Hwasong-12 missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea

South Korea and the United States on Saturday kicked off a joint naval exercise in the Sea of Japan involving three US aircraft carriers amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump has embarked on a tour of Asia this week trying to rally regional support for curbing North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, warning that time is running out over the crisis.

His visit to Joplin came as President Donald Trump is continuing his tough talk against North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

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

North Korea is not known to have tested any of its missiles or nuclear devices since September 15, a relative lull after a brisk series of tests earlier this year.

On Tuesday, during a speech, he said: "Do not underestimate us".

"Why would Kim Jon-un insult me by calling me "old", when I would never call him 'short and fat?' Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!" wrote the president in a tweet on Sunday.

In a commentary released Saturday, the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea's official media, criticized the United States for "heightening military tension in the Asia-Pacific region".

"The future of this region and its handsome people must not be held hostage to a dictator's twisted fantasies of violent conquest and nuclear blackmail", he said during a speech in Vietnam at the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

Trump appears to have had his feelings hurt by a statement issued by the North Korean foreign ministry referring to him as an old lunatic.

Earlier, Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Trump reiterated firm commitment to achieving denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and working towards a solution through dialogue and negotiation.

Though China has backed United Nations sanctions, USA officials want Chinese authorities to clamp down on unauthorised trade along the North Korean border.

Trump's visit to Beijing last week Xi reiterated that China would strive for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula but offered no hint it would change tack on North Korea, with which it fought side by side in the 1950-53 Korean war against US -led forces.

But experts doubt China will take the kind of steps that Trump wants, such as halting crude oil exports to the North.

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