‘Chubby fool’: Duterte lambasts North Korea’s Kim Jong-un for nuclear ambitions

Philippines president tells Kim is playing with dangerous toys ahead of meeting of Association of South East Asian Nations in Manila next week

The Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, has described North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a fool and a son of a bitch just days before Manila hosts an international meeting certain to address Pyongyangs long-range missile tests.

Duterte held nothing back in rebuking Kim for playing with dangerous playthings, setting the stage for next weeks rare get-together, to be attended by foreign ministers of all the countries involved in the standoff on the Korean peninsula.

North Korea is determined to develop a nuclear-tipped weapon capable of hitting the United States and officials in Washington told Saturdays latest exam of an intercontinental ballistic missile depicted it may be able to reach most of the country.

This Kim Jong-un, a buffoon … he is playing with dangerous playthings, that buffoon, Duterte told taxation officials in a speech.

That chubby face that looks kind. That son of a bitch. If he perpetrates a mistake, the far east will become an arid land. It must be stopped, this nuclear war.

A limited confrontation and it blows up here, I will tell you, the fallout can deplete the clay, the means and I dont know what will happen to us.

This year Duterte is chairman of the Association of South East Asian Nations( Asean) and on Monday his foreign minister will host the Asean Regional Forum, which brings together 27 countries that include Australia, China, India, Japan, Russia, North and South Korea and the United States.

It was not the first time Duterte has criticised Kim over his nuclear ambitions. In April he questioned his sanity and exhorted the United States to show restraint and not be baited by a man who wants to end the world.

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who is due to attend the Manila meeting, on Tuesday said he wanted dialogue with North Korea at some phase, emphasizing it was not the adversary and the United States did not seek to topple the regime.

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