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'Do not try us': Donald Trump gets personal as he warns Kim Jong-un

18:23 EST 7 Nov 2017 | Yahoo News

'Do not try us': Donald Trump gets personal as he warns Kim Jong-unDonald Trump has delivered one of his strongest warnings yet to North Korea before the US President arrived in Beijing on Wednesday where he will be seeking to convince China to put more pressure on Pyongyang. "This a very different administration than the United States has had in the past,” Mr Trump said, in a direct message to the North’s young leader Kim Jong-un. “Do not underestimate us. And do not try us.” Mr Trump’s is making a three-day visit to China where North Korea’s military build-up and trade imbalances between the world’s two biggest economies will dominate the agenda. China is the third leg of his mammoth five-nation Asian tour and follows visits to Japan and South Korea where he addressed concerns over the North’s nuclear weapons program. While Japanese leaders were largely supportive of his strong rhetoric, in South Korea - which would be on the front line of any devastating conflict with the North – there is growing concern over the escalation of tensions. U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania visit the Forbidden City with ChinaÕs President Xi Jinping and ChinaÕs First Lady Peng Liyuan Credit: Reuters On Tuesday, Mr Trump departed from his often aggressive tone on North Korea, and instead called on the regime to “make a deal”. But he resumed his war of words with Pyongyang on Wednesday, telling the North: "The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger. Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.” Mr Trump also urged China and Russia to take tougher action on North Korea in his speech to politicians at South Korea’s National Assembly. He gave the address after a surprise visit to the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea was cancelled due to heavy fog. Despite his tough warnings towards the North, the US president also reiterated that the door was open for talks. But officials who are travelling with the US president said there has been little response to such overtures from Pyongyang. “They have shown very little sign that they’re interested in talking,” one said, according to a pool report. North Korea | Kim Jong-un’s fiery relationship with the US The US president is receiving a ‘state visit-plus’ in China, where he spent Wednesday afternoon at Beijing’s Forbidden City before attending a private dinner with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president. He will then take part in official engagements on Thursday, including a formal welcoming ceremony and a lavish banquet. “Such hospitality is rarely seen in modern China,” influential tabloid the Global Times said in an editorial. Mr Trump heaped praise on Mr Xi before arriving in China, noting the Chinese president’s “great political victory” in a Tweet early on Wednesday. US President Donald Trump addresses the National Assembly in Seoul Credit: AFP His comment is in reference to the Chinese leader securing his second term at the Communist Party’s congress last month – an event where major decisions are largely made behind closed doors by Mr Xi and his close allies. Observers believe Mr Trump is seeking to mollify Mr Xi ahead of tough talks on North Korea and China’s massive trade surplus with the US. Before departing South Korea, Mr Trump Tweeted: “Leaving South Korea now heading to China. Looking very much forward to meeting and being with President Xi!” Twitter is blocked by Chinese government censors, but Mr Trump will be able to bypass social media restrictions, US officials said. “The president will Tweet whatever he wants,” one told media. Additional reporting by Christine Wei


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