Trump mocks Kim Jong-un with 'Rocket Man' reference

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron also denounced the new missile launch by North Korea and called for the resumption of "direct talks" to address the Korean Peninsula issue during a phone conversation, the Kremlin press service said. "Asked him how Rocket Man is doing".

Trump also may face questioning from his fellow global leaders on his criticisms of former President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, and the Paris climate agreement that he announced in June that the United States will leave. "Too bad!" Trump tweeted, apparently finding a new nickname for Kim (McMaster confirmed that that was probably Trump's intention).

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Friday concerning North Korea's latest missile launch over Japan, the council presidency announced.

"I believe it will further North Korea's isolation - diplomatic and economic isolation - because more and more nations are realising there's simply no collaboration with the worldwide community". "The two leaders noted that they will continue their close consultations next week when they meet on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly".

North Korea's latest test missile flew over Hokkaido in northern Japan on Friday and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 km (1,240 miles) to the east, the Japanese government said.

Meanwhile, Kuwait has made a decision to expel North Korea's ambassador to the oil-rich country along with four other diplomats.

The president's national security adviser H.R. McMaster chimed in to say, 'Now, it's not what we would prefer to do. "This includes the regime of North Korea, which has one again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors, and the entire world community". The potential for the "long gas lines" Trump mentioned is limited by the fact that private cars remain out of reach for most North Korean citizens.

He indicated that more missile tests would be forthcoming, saying that all future drills should be meaningful and practical ones for increasing the combat power of the nuclear force to establish an order in the deployment of nuclear warheads for actual war.

Diplomacy on the North Korean nuclear standoff has been stalled for years.

Responding to a question, Mattis said he is not aware of any effort on the part of South Korea to shoot down the North Korean missile. The North accuses the United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, of planning to invade and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies.

Pyongyang, an insular country with few outside contacts, says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself from "hostile" United States forces and is determined to build the capacity to deliver a nuclear warhead that could hit the U.S. mainland.

  • Rogelio Becker