Possible new provocation by Pyongyang sets stage for Trump's Asian visit

Possible new provocation by Pyongyang sets stage for Trump's Asian visit

Possible new provocation by Pyongyang sets stage for Trump's Asian visit

"[The president] will discuss the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region to America's prosperity and security".

The Trump administration's economic policy in Asia has not been articulated since Trump in January withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade agreement that aimed to integrate 12 Asia-Pacific economies. He will also emphasise the importance of fair and reciprocal economic ties with America's trade partners.

The White House has announced that United States President Donald Trump will travel to Asia from November 3-14.

New York Times quoted a USA official saying that Asian leaders who met Trump at the UN General Assembly last week helped persuade him to attend in the unity with key Asian allies.

The president said the North Korea will be scared of the South Korean military when it has the wartime control of its own troops.

"When [Trump] says if North Korea comes at us, we're going to come back full force, well yeah we're going to go back full force, there's no messing around with North Korea when they have nuclear capability", said Ernst, who served as a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard in Iraq.

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President Donald Trump has been locked in constant bitter war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The month of September saw intensified North Korean threats aimed at South Korea and the US and also several high profile nuclear and ballistic missile tests. He has threatened to impose major tariffs against China and pulled the US out of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Trump would seek the cooperation of other countries in the region to tackle the problems created by North Korea.

China accounts for around 90 per cent of North Korea's trade, and the isolated state is highly dependent on Chinese oil imports. "Let us concentrate on cooperation and properly manage our differences in a spirit of mutual respect and mutual benefit", he said to Tillerson.

"We're looking at all of it", the official said.

Since the North's latest nuclear test, countries have taken measures against the reclusive state like expelling North Korean diplomats. He hosted the Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a- Lago residence in the early part of his presidency.

China and the United States in the past month have increased diplomatic activities as both sides prepare for a reset in their relationship following a reshuffling of the leadership in Beijing in October and Trump's visit the following month.

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