US President Donald Trump has offered Asia his services as a mediator, shortly after tweeting insults, the BBC reported on Sunday.
At the start of a meeting in Hanoi with the Vietnamese President, Trump said he could help arbitrate the regional South China Sea dispute, which includes Vietnam and China. "I'm a very good mediator and arbitrator," he said. It came shortly after he called North Korea's Kim Jong-un "short and fat" on Twitter.
China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei all have competing claims to territory in the South China Sea. "If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know," Trump told his Vietnamese counterpart, Tran Dai Quang.
Ahead of the Hanoi meeting, Trump had fired off a series of angry tweets about his war of words with Kim Jong-un and his relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
On Saturday, North Korea denounced Trump's Asia trip, calling it a "warmonger's visit" and again described the US President as a "dotard" -- a centuries-old insult for an elderly person, Kim was "short and fat", and complaining: "Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend -- and maybe someday that will happen!"