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Trump's Asian tour to focus on North Korean threat

Jonathan Cristol Trump's Asian tour to focus on North Korean threat
Bennie Garza | 05 November, 2017, 07:47

After Japan Trump will jet off to South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, the last of which is expected to be the place he will meet with Putin. It will be the longest Asia tour by an American president in more than 25 years.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser says North Korea could be returned to the list of countries the USA believes sponsor terrorism, as part of Trump's strategy to counter the North's growing nuclear threat.

McMaster said the killing of North Korea's leader Kim Jong un's half brother in a Malaysian airport earlier could lead to Pyongyang's placement on a list, alongside Iran, Sudan and Syria.

Mr Trump's goal on the Asian tour will be to increase worldwide support in an effort to deprive North Korea of resources as leverage to coerce it to give up nuclear weapons.

North Korea will be high on the agenda with most leaders as they all fear Kim's nuclear firepower.

South Korea's spy agency told politicians yesterday that North Korea may be planning a new missile test, after brisk activity was spotted at its research facilities.

Mr. McMaster rued that approaches in the past had not delivered on halting and then reversing North Korea's "very dangerous" nuclear and missile programs.

Two Guam-based U.S. B-1B bombers flew through South Korean airspace and over the country's Pilsung Range in an exercise on Thursday, the U.S. Air Force said.

McMaster said the president would not temper his rhetoric against North Korea while on tour.

He also noted that adding North Korea to the list of state sponsors of terrorism "is something that's under consideration".

Under legislation enacted August 2, the State Department was required to determine within 90 days — or around Thursday — whether North Korea meets the criteria for being designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.

The discussion comes as US President Donald Trump prepares to leave Friday for a tour of Asia that is focused on garnering global support for actions to curtail North Korea. During his first address to the U.N.in September, Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if it forced the U.S.to defend itself or its allies. "I don't think we need to reassess our strategy now". The Chinese leader is newly ascendant after consolidating power at a Communist Party congress.

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