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U.S. President Donald Trump U.S. President Donald Trump
Terence Owen | 12 November, 2017, 01:59

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

In the first comments on the USA 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 returned to tough talk against North Korea a day after he appeared to dial back some of his bellicose rhetoric and instead took more of a carrot-and-stick approach.

"Trump, during his visit, laid bare his true nature as destroyer of the world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula", the statement said. As my colleague David Graham has noted, Trump-who during the campaign suggested USA troops should leave the peninsula because the South Koreans "do not pay us what they should be paying us", also lavishly reaffirmed his commitment to South Korea's defense.

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.

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Trump tried to travel to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - the doorstep of the North Korean nuclear standoff - on the final day of a 24-hour visit to ally Seoul.

During the 30-minute speech before the National Assembly on Wednesday, Trump called the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, a "tyrant", and contrasted the North's community with an economic "miracle" in South Korea. Pyongyang described Trump's trip as "nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the United States defense industry".

When Donald Trump addressed South Korea's parliament earlier this week, The Associated Press noted his "striking shift in tone".

The harsh words between the leaders have escalated in recent months after North Korea threatened to launch missiles toward the United States territory of Guam.

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