N Korean offical says Trump's nuke plan is 'absurd'
Donald Trump's nuclear policy has been mocked as "totally absurd and illogical" by an official from North Korea.
Mr Trump has suggested that Japan and South Korea should have nuclear weapons to protect themselves from the rogue state.
"You have so many countries already - China, Pakistan, you have so many countries, Russia - you have so many countries right now that have them," he said during a town hall event in Wisconsin.
"Now, wouldn't you rather, in a certain sense, have Japan have nuclear weapons when North Korea has nuclear weapons?"
American policy for years has been to prevent Japan obtaining nuclear weapons, and Japan responded by saying they had no desire to get hold of them. The White House called Mr Trump's idea "catastrophic".
And Ri Jong Ryul, deputy-director general of the Institute of International Studies in Pyongyang, told CNN that the Republican presidential front-runner's remarks and policies would only escalate North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
"The US tells us to give up our nuclear programme, is preparing a nuclear attack against us, and on the other hand would tell its allies to have nuclear weapon," he said. "Isn't this a double standard?"
He said that Mr Trump's rhetoric was dangerous.
"Trump's remarks give us a deeper look at America's hostile policy against my country," he said. "Simply put, America's hostile acts against us are making the situation on the Korean peninsula worse."
Pyongyang has not officially responded to Trump's remarks.
Kim Jong-un's nation is believed to be about to conduct its fifth nuclear test - possibly before its party congress in early May.
Mr Trump has previously praised Mr Kim for his strong leadership and "not playing games."
"You've got to give him credit. How many young guys - he was like 26 or 25 when his father died - take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden... he goes in, he takes over, he's the boss," he said in January. (© Daily Telegraph London)