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North Korea: Trump and Kim trade "'mad men" insults as war of words intensifies

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North Korea: Trump and Kim trade "'mad men" insults as war of words intensifies

<p>Donald Trump has hit back after North Korea’s leader called him “deranged”.</p> <p>Kim Jong-un had said the US president would “pay dearly” following new sanctions on his country and a UN speech where he threatened to “totally destroy” the north. </p> <p>But responding in an early morning tweetstorm, Trump branded his North Korean rival a madman promising to test him “like never before” </p> <p>Earlier Kim insisted Trump’s remarks had convinced him to continue with the North’s weapons programme. </p> <p>He also threatened to retaliate at the “highest level”</p> <p>The extraordinary exchange of insults prompted calls for calm from both Russia and China, with Beijing saying the situation is “complicated and sensitive”</p> <p>North Korea’s foreign minster has suggested Pyongyang could soon test a powerful nuclear weapon in the Pacific. </p> <p>On Wednesday President Trump signed an executive order aimed at choking off North Korea’s economy in bid to halt the secretive state’s atomic ambitions.</p>