Trump plans Asia tour amid crisis

Donald Trump will attend two major summits such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vietnam.

His remarks come after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to "destroy" North Korea if necessary last week at the UN General Assembly.

"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.

Trump will travel to five Asian nations from November 3-14, including three critical to the crisis over North Korea - Japan, South Korea and China.

A USA official said Asian leaders who met Trump at the United Nations General Assembly in NY last week helped persuade him to attend in unity with key Asian allies. 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 Trump administration's approach to the region so far suggest that North Korea, terrorism, and trade issues are likely to feature as the priority policy areas for the United States.

The White House said that the United States wants complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and such a denuclearization should be verifiable and irreversible.

The U.S. president will be accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump.

Glaser said the United States could discuss with Japan and South Korea additional steps for the allies' trilateral defence cooperation against North Korea's nuclear weapon and missile threat.

South Korean official have voiced concerns that North Korea could conduct more provocative acts near the anniversary of the founding of its communist party on October 10, or possibly when China holds its Communist Party Congress on October 18. He hosted the Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a- Lago residence in the early part of his presidency and met the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Trump Towers in NY as the president-elect.

To strengthen its standalone defense capability, Moon said the military should make all-out efforts to rapidly build a so-called "three-axis" defense platform, including the Kill Chain, the Korean Air and Missile Defense (KAMD) and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation (KMPR).

He has denounced Mr Kim as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission for test launches of ballistic missiles and for nuclear weapon tests.

Yang described Trump's visit as of great importance to the bilateral relationship. North Korea has fired missiles flying over northern Japan recently.

  • Jon Douglas