TEHRAN (defapress) - US President Donald Trump said it was “certainly a possibility” that he could become friends with Kim Jong Un, hours after insulting the North Korean leader on Twitter.
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Publish Date: 12November 2017 - 11:35
"Certainly, it is something that could happen,” Trump said
Sunday in Hanoi, Vietnam, when asked about the possibility of becoming friends
with Kim. "I don’t know that it will, but it would be very, very nice if it
did,” Bloomberg reported.
Earlier in the day, Trump, 71, continued his war of words
with Kim, who is believed to be 33. The US leader was in Hanoi on an 11-day
swing through Asia.
"Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I
would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?” Trump tweeted earlier Sunday. "Oh well, I
try so hard to be his friend -- and maybe someday that will happen!”
In recent days, North Korean state media has taken to
referring to Trump’s age. The Minju Joson newspaper said in a commentary last
week, "The US must oust the lunatic old man from power and withdraw the hostile
policy towards the DPRK at once in order to get rid of the abyss of doom,” it
said, referring to the isolated state’s formal name.
Trump last week told South Korea’s parliament that the dictator
had turned North Korea into "a hell that no person deserves.”
The president listed a litany of alleged human-rights abuses
under Kim and called him a "deranged tyrant” presiding over a "cult.” The
previous day Trump appeared to temper his often fiery rhetoric toward North
Korea, instead calling for it to "make a deal” on its nuclear and ballistic
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that he could
envision the US and North Korea agreeing to hold talks at some point as a precursor
to formal negotiations.
"Strange things happen in life -- that might be a strange
thing to happen,” Trump said on Sunday. "But it’s certainly a possibility. If
that did happen it would be a good thing for -- I can tell you -- North Korea.
But it would also be good for lots of other places and it would be good for the