Trump heads into North Korea's line of sight

Aaron Brown
November 7, 2017

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) during a news conference at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on November 6, 2017.

While announcing the deal last week, Beijing, which views the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system as a security threat, said it noted that Seoul stated it won't do several things: deploying an additional THAAD battery, helping develop security cooperation with Japan and the US into a trilateral military alliance and joining a global USA missile defense network.

The president was also asked about what fresh message he has for Kim Jong Un; the Reuters news agency reporter noted Trump's response to a VOA question on Air Force One on the way to Japan in which he referred to the North Korean people as industrious and warm.

He is warning North Korea's heavily persecuted Christian minority will be the first to suffer if Trump doesn't back down.

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

In Japan earlier Monday, Trump called Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions and weapons tests a "threat to the civilized world and global peace and stability". Earlier in the day, North Korea warned Donald Trump to refrain from any "irresponsible remarks", the France press reported.

It was not pleasant for them, was it?' said Trump, who wore a leather bomber jacket as he addressed the troops.

The amount of casualties would differ depending on the advance warning and the ability of US and South Korea forces to counter these attacks, he said.

The lawmakers say if President Trump does intend to pursue a military option against North Korea, he must come to Congress as required by the Constitution.

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Recent drills over South Korea by two U.S. strategic bombers have further raised tensions.

Trump told Fox News this week that it was possible he would meet Putin during his Asia trip.

The claim was made in September by a retired Air Force general who said the figure was estimated based on a conventional war scenario and did not include potential use of nuclear weapons.

Both Trump and South Korea's liberal President Moon Jae-in agree that it's time to ramp up sanctions and pressure on North Korea, which has ignored worldwide condemnation as it moves forward with its nuclear and missile tests.

'There is only one way that this war ends.

But Moon, a former human rights lawyer, still favors dialogue as a way to defuse the nuclear tension and vehemently opposes a potential military clash, which experts believe would cause enormous casualties in South Korea.

While repeatedly calling for dialogue to resolve the issue, China has also signed up for increasingly tough United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

Abe revealed during the joint news conference that on Tuesday he will announce his country will freeze assets of almost three dozen North Korean groups and individuals.

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