Pyongyang censured US President Donald Trump’s five-nation tour of Asia, saying all he has done during his visits is begging for a “nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula.”
“Trump, during his visit, laid bare his true nature as destroyer of world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula,” the official KCNA news agency on Saturday cited a statement by the North Korean Foreign Ministry as saying.
The KCNA added that the Asian tour was a “warmonger’s visit for confrontation to rid the DPRK of its self-defensive nuclear deterrence,” using the abbreviation for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the country’s official name.
The North Korean ministry also said nothing would deter Pyongyang from pursuing its nuclear weapons program.
During a speech at the South Korean parliament, the US president warned Pyongyang on Wednesday not to underestimate Washington, while offering North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a better future if he abandoned his nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Tensions have been building on the peninsula following a series of nuclear and missile tests by Pyongyang as well as threats of war and personal insults traded between Trump and the North Korean leader.
Trump, who is on his first 12-day tour of Asia as president, had threatened the North with military action during his first two stops in Japan and South Korea.
North Korea has been under a raft of crippling United Nations sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear tests as well as multiple rocket and missile launches.
Pyongyang has firmly defended its military program as a deterrent against the hostile policies of the US and its regional allies, including South Korea and Japan.