Trump to Visit Asia in November

Posted October 01, 2017

Mystery surrounds Cordray's plans GOP senator calls for caps on ex-presidents' benefits Senate approves Trump's debt deal with Democrats MORE (R-Iowa) said Friday she doesn't believe President Trump's combative rhetoric against North Korea has hurt USA efforts to contain the country's growing nuclear threat.

The president might find it hard to pressure the region to make concessions on trade terms that are favorable to the US while he is also urging it to unite against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he calls "Rocket Man".

Trump likely will use his visit to discuss with China the full enforcement of existing United Nations sanctions against North Korea and call for more demonstrations with its allies, South Korea and Japan, of their trilateral defence capability against Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile tests, analysts said.

As part of efforts to reach out to key opinion leaders, Kim will meet with the former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in NY on Thursday to discuss bilateral trade and diplomatic issues, Seoul's commerce ministry said. But as its battlefield defeat looms closer in Iraq and Syria, the opening of a potential new ISIS "front" in Southeast Asia is a mounting concern for the United States and regional governments alike, and will undoubtedly be highlighted at the U.S. -ASEAN and East Asia summits.

The US President has warned North Korea it would face total devastation if it threatens the United States - Mr Kim has in return blasted Mr Trump as "mentally deranged".

"The president's engagements will strengthen the worldwide resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula". Trump has applied heavy pressure on China to rein in North Korea. "This has been an ongoing process for them long before we had an administration change", she said.

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Amid the growing nuclear threat from North Korea, which has conducted several ballistic missile tests in 2017, Trump said Tuesday that the USA was prepared to take "devastating" military action against the secretive Asian nation if necessary.

On Saturday, the United States flew its Air Force B-1B Lancer strategic bombers over global airspace over waters east of North Korea, the farthest north of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) it has flown this century, according to the Pentagon.

Last week at the United Nations General Assembly, Trump also threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if it continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons and dubbed the country's leader Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man". Chinese top diplomat State councilor Yang Jiechi has described Trump's visit as of great importance to the bilateral relationship.

"We're looking at all of it", the official said. The announcement regarding this was made today by the White House.

Tensions ran high on the Korean Peninsula as the North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept 3.

Trump's visit to China is in response to President Xi Jinping's USA visit in April this year.