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Korea ready to 'warmly welcome' Trump, lay groundwork for stronger alliance

07 November 2017, 12:31 | Rufus Hill

GETTYMost Americans think Donald Trump is “really willing” to use force against North Korea data shows

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"And there's been 25 years of total weakness, and so we're taking a very much different approach", he said.

'We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defense of our freedom, ' Trump said.

President Trump is schedule to land in Japan - the first stop on his trip to visit five nations in the region. "We know they have missiles capable of firing 4,000 to 6,000 miles, probably with a payload of half a ton, so half a ton of VX in those missiles could kill tens of thousands of people, and they could do that now, so that is a genuine concern". The president joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan on Sunday and Monday, enjoying a casual burger lunch and golf - and discussing the nuclear crisis.

Dumont noted that the USA is evaluating North Korea's ability to target heavily populated areas of South Korea with long-range artillery, rockets and ballistic missiles.

The announcement came a day ahead of US President Donald Trump's visit to South Korea as part of his 12-day Asia tour, where he is expected to discuss North Korea's nuclear and missile programme at length with government officials here.

Trump's trip comes amid escalating tensions with North Korea, which has continued to pursue its missile and nuclear programs and ramped up its missile testing.

Without "distinguished leadership", North Korea would have "fallen a victim to the invasion by the barbarous USA imperialists". "And we will", Trump told journalists on board Air Force one, after having landed in Tokyo. It's a big problem for our country and the world, and we want to get it solved, ' he said. "Putin is very important because they can help us with North Korea", the United States leader said, adding that he also wanted to discuss Syria and Ukraine with his Russian counterpart.

Givens, who spent four years stationed in Korea, added that the figures did not take into account potential use of nuclear weapons by Pyongyang. With North Korea's defeat - but at what cost?,' Givens said.

North Korea has said in public statements that it wants an official end to the Korean War.

Beijing has pleaded with both the U.S. and Pyongyang to 'realize that resorting to military force will never be a viable way to resolve the peninsula issue and their own concerns, adding that 'War on the peninsula will have no victor'.

North and South Korea are technically still in a state of conflict since the Korean War ended in an armistice, rather than a peace treaty, in 1953.

Before Trump's presidency, many in South Korea and the United States regarded the deal as a key pillar of their alliance.



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