Trump calls North Korean leader a 'maniac'

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE said the U.S. should pay more attention to North Korea's nuclear program, calling its leader a "maniac" during the second main-stage GOP presidential debate on Wednesday night.

"We're talking about Iran. The agreement was terrible, it was incompetent. I've never seen anything like it. One of the worst contracts I've ever seen," said Trump, the Republican front-runner.

"Nobody ever mentions North Korea, where you have this maniac, sitting there, and he actually has nuclear weapons," he added of leader Kim Jong Un.

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Pyongyang announced this week that it had restarted the reactor at its main nuclear complex and could use nuclear weapons against the U.S. or others at "any time."

That announcement from the isolated communist government came shortly after the country said it had plans in the works to launch a long-range rocket.

During the debate, several candidates blasted President Obama for brokering a nuclear accord with Iran over its nuclear program.

Trump has blasted the Iranian deal, but lamented the lack of attention on North Korea, a declared nuclear-weapons state.

"You have somebody right now, in North Korea, who's got nuclear weapons and who is saying almost every other week, 'I'm ready to use them.' And we don't even mention it," he said.