November 06, 2017 09:34
Donald Trump has made North Korea his top priority of his first Asia trip as U.S. president.
Even before he got there he was briefed on a stopover at U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii by Commander Harry Harris on the North Korean nuclear threat, according to AP.
Trump arrived at Yokota Air Base in Japan on Sunday morning. Standing in an aircraft hangar, Trump addressed U.S. troops in Japan and took aim at North Korea. "No one, no dictator, no regime... should underestimate American resolve," he said.
"Those that have underestimated the U.S. in the past, it was not pleasant for them. American soldiers are prepared to defend their nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities."
Trump pointed out that American fighter pilots took off from Yokota Air Base during the 1950-53 Korean War.
Talking with reporters aboard Air Force One, Trump said establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula will be an important part of his talks with the leaders of China, South Korea and Japan.
The "big problem" of North Korea, he said, has met with "25 years of total weakness." He claimed the U.S. is now taking a different approach and vowed to make a decision soon on putting North Korea back on the U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring states.
He added that he will ask Russian President Vladimir Putin for help in resolving the North Korean issue when he meets him at the APEC summit in Vietnam on Nov. 10-11.
Trump will also attend the East Asian Summit in the Philippines on Nov. 14, where he is expected to discuss the North Korean nuclear standoff again with the leaders of China, South Korea and Japan as well as ASEAN leaders.
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