GOP senator: Trump's rhetoric not to blame for North Korea nuclear threat

01 October, 2017, 00:12 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Chinese President Xi Jinping offered warm words for U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday, calling him a friend and saying he expected Trump's visit to China in November would be "wonderful".China's relationship with the United States has been strained by the Trump administration's criticism of Chinese trade practices and by demands that Beijing do more to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons and missiles programmes.Xi and Trump met for the first time in person at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida in April.

"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.

In his early days in White House, President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal had raised questions about Washington's commitment to the region.

"He will also emphasize the importance of fair and reciprocal economic ties with America's trade partners", the statement read.

It will be Trump's first visit to the region since he took office in January, and will include trips to Japan, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Hawaii from November 3-14.

As part of efforts to reach out to key opinion leaders, Kim will meet with the former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in NY on Thursday to discuss bilateral trade and diplomatic issues, Seoul's commerce ministry said.

"The president said the United States speaks of military and diplomatic options, but South Korea can't go through war again".

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"The United States, as it demands that North Korea scrap its nuclear program, can choose war, but we need to prevent any sort of war on the Korean Peninsula". He has threatened to impose major tariffs against China and pulled the USA out of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

The Nobel Peace Prize holder is known as an informal adviser to many prominent people, including U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner.

"The President's engagements will strengthen the worldwide resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", the statement added.

The rhetoric has escalated as Trump has vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend the United States or its allies and has mocked its leader, Kim Jong Un, as "Little Rocket Man". Heightened tensions caused by North Korea's September 3 nuclear test also contributed to the decision. "I want to thank President Xi", Mr Trump said at a news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

On Friday, Japan's defence minister Itsunori Onodera urged caution as further provocation by North Korea is anticipated on October 10, according to a Reuters report.

Yang described Trump's visit as of great importance to the bilateral relationship. Trump described Kim as a "rocket man" on a "suicide mission" and said the U.S. could choose to "totally destroy" the reclusive nation.

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