Published: Sun, October 01, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

President Trump Coming to Hawaiʻi in November

President Trump Coming to Hawaiʻi in November

Tension on the Korean peninsula has risen in recent weeks as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump exchanged war-like threats and insults over the North's nuclear and missile development program.

The trip will take place November 3-14.

"President Trump will discuss the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region to America's prosperity and security", the statement from the White House read.

US President Donald Trump will make his maiden visit to Asia in November with stops in five countries-Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, the White House announced on Friday. Trump has applied heavy pressure on China to rein in North Korea.

Tensions have risen on the Korean peninsula since reclusive North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, leading to a new round of sanctions after a unanimous vote by the United Nations Security Council.

With China, enforcing existing measures against Pyongyang in compliance with United Nations sanctions will likely be an important topic, Glaser said. Trump described Kim as a "rocket man" on a "suicide mission" and said the USA could choose to "totally destroy" the reclusive nation. Kim, in turn, has called Trump a "mentally deranged US". Conversely, the security imperative for cooperation on North Korea means that he will not risk disaffecting regional partners by pulling out of existing agreements. "We would like to maintain a sense of urgency", Onodera told reporters.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is among the leaders President Trump will meet on his Asia tour.

China's 19th Communist Party Congress will start on October 18.

"North Korea will fear us more and the people will have more faith in our military when we have wartime operational control of our military", Moon said in his speech.

Ford told the Post in an interview that there's no way for the U.S. and China to ignore the tensions that North Korea has escalated and "that's a problem because in the past it would probably be preferable on both sides to ignore it".

The diplomat said Trump's decision to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal early this year had raised questions about the administration's commitment to the region.

But Trump comes to Asia amid a sense of profound ambivalence in the region.

At the same time, Trump's national security team is conducting a broad review of US strategy toward China in search of ways to counter Chinese trade practices and open up market access, a senior administration official said.

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

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