Trump Keeps Talking Tough Ahead of S.Korea Visit

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    October 13, 2017 11:30

    Amid increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, U.S. President Donald Trump will come to South Korea in early November, where he is expected to discuss whatever hardline measures against the renegade country he envisages at the time.

    Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday announced President Moon Jae-in and Trump will meet in Seoul in early November but added no exact date has been decided. Trump also visits Japan and China.

    The U.S. leader has been engaged in an increasingly heated war of words with North Korea.

    Donald Trump /EPA-Yonhap

    On Wednesday he said North Korea must not be allowed to continue developing nuclear weapons and something must be done now.

    "I will do what's right for the United States and, really, what's right for the world. Because that's really a world problem; that's beyond just the United States," Trump told Fox News. "That's a world problem, and it's a problem that has to be solved." He said China's compliance with sanctions against North Korea is providing a lot of help.

    North Korea wasted no time issuing its own threats. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told Russia's TASS news agency Wednesday, "It is the steadfast will of all the service personnel and people of [North Korea] to shower fire on the U.S., which cried out for totally destroying [North Korea], and settle accounts with the showdown with the U.S. that has lasted century after century by dint of unprecedented strategic force."

    "Strategic force" is North Korea's code for its missile program.

    Ri added, "We can say that Trump has lit a fuse of war against us by his militaristic and delusional statement at the UN."

    A day earlier, Trump met with former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger, who has been a supporter of the U.S. and China agreeing to a major deal in getting North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons and missiles.

    Meanwhile, Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun reported that Trump could meet with the families of Japanese citizens who were abducted by North Korean agents decades ago when he visits.  

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