Communists have been calling the US an imperialist power. At a party meeting in Kerala's Kozhikode, the CPM leader said North Korea is putting up stiff resistance against the US in a much better way than even its neighbour and Communist-ruled China.
"North Korea has been adopting a tough anti-US stand. North Korea has successfully withstood the pressure exerted by the US," Mr Vijayan said at the party meeting some 370 kilometres from state capital Thiruvananthapuram.
He said China has come under criticism after its fight against imperialist forces did not live up to people's expectations.
The Kerala chief minister's remarks came days after a flex board of the North Korean leader appeared in a programme of the CPM's unit in Idukki district. It was later removed by the party, which eventually clarified that Kim Jong Un's photo was included by mistake.
On Tuesday, Mr Trump responded to a New Year's Day speech in which Kim Jong Un warned he had a nuclear button on his desk by saying that his nuclear button "is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"
In his New Year speech, the North Korean leader warned that the entire US was in range of North Korea nuclear missiles. He said his country would focus in the coming year on mass producing nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles for operational deployment, but added that these would be used only if North Korea's security was threatened.
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