US President taunts North Korean leader, says his 'Nuclear Button' is bigger

The contrast between Trump’s language and the peace overture by South Korea highlighted the growing rift between two longtime allies.

"North Korean Leader just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,'” Trump wrote on Twitter. "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

The president’s saber-rattling tweet shifted the tenor of his response to the South Korean initiative just hours after a milder initial statement.

Trump, who has scorned the prospects of negotiating with North Korea, earlier in the day said the possible talks between the two governments on the peninsula resulted from sanctions imposed by the United States and the international community. “Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not — we will see!” he wrote Tuesday morning.

Why Trump hardened his message later the same day was not immediately clear. But Trump has not hesitated to match North Korea’s incendiary language even while other American presidents resisted such back-and-forth taunting out of concern that it was unwise and unnecessarily rewarding the hermit nation.

Last summer, Trump vowed to rain down “fire and fury” on North Korea if it posed a threat to the United States. Last fall, he went before the United Nations General Assembly to warn that he would “totally destroy North Korea” if the United States were forced to defend itself or its allies.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Gov Zulum sponsors indigent students for Chinese language studies in China

Gov Zulum sponsors indigent students for Chinese language studies in China

FG assures timely completion of Lagos-Calabar Coastal project despite rainfall

FG assures timely completion of Lagos-Calabar Coastal project despite rainfall

Kano Government files new criminal conspiracy charges against Ganduje

Kano Government files new criminal conspiracy charges against Ganduje

Why Peter Obi didn't publicly celebrate Wole Soyinka’s birthday

Why Peter Obi didn't publicly celebrate Wole Soyinka’s birthday

Minna's Bussa Waterworks project completed after 70 years

Minna's Bussa Waterworks project completed after 70 years

PHOTOS: Trump makes first public appearance after failed assassination attempt

PHOTOS: Trump makes first public appearance after failed assassination attempt

Air Peace boss wants Nigerians to prioritise nationalism over ethnicity, religion

Air Peace boss wants Nigerians to prioritise nationalism over ethnicity, religion

Police ban Shi’ite procession in FCT, threaten to arrest violators

Police ban Shi’ite procession in FCT, threaten to arrest violators

FG repatriates 190 Nigerians from UAE

FG repatriates 190 Nigerians from UAE

Pulse Sports

Transfer News LIVE: Man U announce Joshua Zirkzee signing plus all the latest DONE deals and more

Transfer News LIVE: Man U announce Joshua Zirkzee signing plus all the latest DONE deals and more

Lionel Messi now world's most decorated player, surpasses Brazilian legend after Copa America win

Lionel Messi now world's most decorated player, surpasses Brazilian legend after Copa America win

Latest Sports News & Updates

Latest Sports News & Updates

Lamine Yamal: 17 y/o Euros champion cosies up to girlfriend Alex Padilla to confirm dating rumours

Lamine Yamal: 17 y/o Euros champion cosies up to girlfriend Alex Padilla to confirm dating rumours

The Cristiano Ronaldo question and 3 biggest disappointments of EURO 2024

The Cristiano Ronaldo question and 3 biggest disappointments of EURO 2024

God won't forgive him for the stress — Celebrity Arsenal fan on Liverpool icon Roberto Firmino becoming a pastor

God won't forgive him for the stress — Celebrity Arsenal fan on Liverpool icon Roberto Firmino becoming a pastor