Trump's UN jibe was not in the script
DONALD Trump was advised to avoid personally attacking North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un during his first address to the United Nations, it has been revealed.
The President mocked Mr Kim in last week's speech, labelling him "Rocket Man”.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Mr Trump's description of Mr Kim was not in the draft of the speech, which was vetted the day before he delivered it.
Mr Trump's warning Mr Kim was on "a suicide mission” was not in the draft, two US officials told the LA Times.
Nor was his threat to "totally destroy” North Korea.
Senior aides cautioned Mr Trump against attacking Mr Kim, fearing it would escalate tensions and damage any chance of a peaceful resolution to the crisis.
The dramatic speech did not go down well with North Korea, which lashed out at Mr Trump and warned the US would pay.
At the UN, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho branded Mr Trump "a mentally deranged person” and said a strike against the US mainland was "inevitable”.
Hours after US war planes flew the closest they have been to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea this century, Mr Ri told the UN: "None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission.”
Mr Ri also warned Mr Trump's insults made "our rocket's visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more”.
The North also threatened to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.
Mr Trump continued his attack on North Korea yes- terday, repeating his name- calling over Twitter and warning the country would not be around much longer.
"Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!” he tweeted.
On Sunday, North Korea released propaganda footage of a US bomber and a supercarrier under attack, hours after the US and Japanese air forces conducted their joint air exercise.
In the computer generated video, Mr Trump is portrayed as "a mad man” and missiles are seen striking US warplanes and the USS Carl Vinson.