China sends special envoy to North Korea after Trump visit

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North Korea's state media has criticized Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-Un, saying the U.S. president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border, The Guardian has reported.

Questions remain on how North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can "come to the table and make a deal", as Mr Trump had suggested.

Onodera, for his part, told Harris that he believed a recent joint military exercise involving Japanese forces and three USA aircraft carriers had sent a "very strong message" to North Korea.

Trump characterised that endeavour as "tremendously successful", a description disputed by analysts who said little progress had been made on containing North Korea's nuclear program.

Pentagon chief spokeswoman Dana White, however, said that "it's perilous to predict anything about what North Korea does or doesn't do, but we're continuing to monitor the situation".

During his tour, Trump had urged the worldwide community to unite and put pressure on Pyongyang to halt its nuclear missile programme.

On Oct. 25, Kim Jong-un sent a message congratulating Xi on the success of China's party congress. Xi responded by calling for sound and stable ties between Beijing and Pyongyang. So the briefing aspect is largely a formality. Although Song's mission is officially to brief North Korea about China's recent Communist Party congress, analysts say he will likely discuss the nuclear issue. So flashy breakthroughs on that front aren't likely.

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China is North Korea's main ally and trading partner, accounting for 90 percent of the isolated state's trade volume.

Asked about the possibility of becoming friends with the North Korean leader during a news conference in Vietnam, Trump did not rule it out. It sees the program as a justified and necessary means of national self-defense in the face of an enemy that is not only the world's most advanced nuclear power but also the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons in combat.

John Delury, an expert on North Korea at Seoul's Yonsei University, said Trump's speech was particularly inflammatory from Pyongyang's perspective, "and it was inevitable there would be a very strong reaction".

During the final stages of his Asian Tour, he posted on Twitter: "Why would Kim Jong-Un insult me by calling me "old, ' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat"?"

North Korea's state newspaper called President Donald Trump a "hideous criminal sentenced to death".

"Trump should know that he is just a ugly criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people".