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South Korea expects more provocative acts by North Korea in mid-October

01 October 2017, 12:10 | Bernice Figueroa

South Korea expects more provocative acts by North Korea in mid-October

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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.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday stressed a need for early transfer of wartime operational control of its forces from the United States to better tackle the North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

"The president's engagements will strengthen the global resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", the White House said in a statement. He will also emphasise the importance of fair and reciprocal economic ties with America's trade partners.

He added, as he spoke at the 63 Convention Center in Yeouido in western Seoul, "U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson strongly protested this to South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha". North Korea responded with pledges to take the "highest-level" action against the United States and warned that it might conduct the "most powerful" atmospheric hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean.

According to Dr Brad Roberts, former United States deputy assistant secretary of defence for nuclear and missile defence policy has said that attacking Australia is a choice that North Korea leader Kim Jong-un would make, without anyone having a say in it.

"The president's engagements will strengthen the worldwide resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", the White House said when announcing the trip. "This has been an ongoing process for them long before we had an administration change", she said. Kim has responded by calling Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard", and his government has threatened to conduct an atmospheric nuclear test, which would be the first the world has seen in 37 years.


Since July, North Korea has twice test-fired ballistic missiles thought capable of reaching the US mainland, and on September 3 the nation carried out its sixth nuclear test and of what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb.

President Donald Trump's official portrait from Wikimedia Commons.

North Korea has conducted a series of ballistic missile launches this year, including two launches over Japan in recent weeks, in defiance of worldwide pressure.

Yang described Trump's visit as of great importance to the bilateral relationship.

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

Trump's visit to China is in response to President Xi Jinping's United States visit in April this year.



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