Trump says Kim Jong-un 'acting very, very badly'

US president criticises North Korean leader hours after Pyongyang says it tested new type of high-thrust rocket engine.

    Trump says Kim Jong-un 'acting very, very badly'
    North Korea's state media said Kim oversaw the recent rocket test [Reuters]

    US President Donald Trump on Sunday criticised North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying he was "acting very, very badly" hours after Pyongyang tested  a new type of high-thrust rocket engine.

    Trump made the comments to reporters as he departed his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he spent the weekend. Trump said administration officials had meetings over the weekend about North Korea, among other issues.

    "Had meetings on North Korea. He's acting very, very badly. I will tell you, he's acting very badly," Trump said.

    North Korean state media said Kim oversaw a powerful new rocket engine test at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground.

    "He emphasised that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries," Pyongyang’s KCNA news agency said.


    READ MORE: North Korea 'tests new high-thrust rocket engine'


    Kim said earlier this year that the millitary was preparing to test an intercontinental ballistic missile.

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in China over the weekend on the last stop of a three-nation tour of Northeast Asia.

    North Korea has dominated Tillerson’s agenda, with Washington seeking new ways to scupper Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. Previous efforts, including talks and sanctions, have failed.

    SOURCE: News agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.